Truth Settles Doubt.
”If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God.” James 1:5 NIV.
Lauren and Cody, my thoughts and comments today
?are about, “questions and truth.”
At one time or another, everyone will struggle with questions for which the answer is uncertain. Because of our imperfect knowledge and limited perspective, there are situations and seasons that feel bewildering. At those times, in vain we struggle to figure out what is puzzling to us.
You and I have not lived long enough or faced anything tough enough to have all the answers. When you are living and walking in obedience to God’s Word and the direction of the Holy Spirit, you can walk with trust and confidence. When your answers seem incomplete, you should seek and will receive wisdom from God.
Is there anyone who does not require wisdom for everyday life? When Solomon became the King of Israel, he asked God for one thing – wisdom! “God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.” 1 Kings 4:29 NIV. God’s wisdom is available to every sincere seeker of truth. The wisdom God granted Solomon is available to you and me today.
Here is the truth that the devil does not want you to know. ”If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, Who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt.” James 1:5-6 NIV.
Our Heavenly Father is not threatened by your doubts or questions. All questions are not sourced in unbelief. Only God has perfect knowledge. “As it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’” 1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV. God has a great plan for your life, well beyond what you have imagined. Questions are often sourced in a sincere desire for truth, Our Father knows that our understanding is imperfect and inadequate much of the time. In those times, remember that your Father gave His Word and His Holy Spirit to answer sincere questions. The Word and the Spirit will always concur.
Jesus made you this promise, “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth.” John 6:13 NKJV. If you had no questions, you would need no faith. Faith looks at the hardest uncertainties, and though without answers now simply trusts God’s love and wisdom to be enough. Trust in God, His Spirit, and His Word. You can be without doubts while wrestling with the toughest questions. Resting in the Holy Spirit’s guidance, Paul knew what was ahead but did not flinch or fear. Read Acts 20:22-23 NKJV. Paul must have had some questions. I would. You would. He probably did. But Paul knew where his answers would be found.
When you are uncertain and questions trouble your thoughts and rob you of peace, focus on God’s Word which is certain and unchanging. Our knowledge is limited at best. Be sure of what you do know rather than unsure about things you don’t know. Paul was confident and clear, “Now we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when that which is complete comes, what is partial will be done away . . now I know partially, then I will know fully just as I am fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:9-13 NIV. Dwell on what you know; trust God and His love for what you don’t.
What leaves more unanswered questions than death and resurrection? After Paul’s expansive defense of the Resurrection, he summarizes this way, “Therefore, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58. Those clear character qualities – steadfast, immovable, and always abounding – are the marks of a mature Christian who has asked their questions, then chosen to move beyond their doubts to rest peacefully in God’s love and truth. When you have serious questions about life, you can still live and trust with no doubts about God.
Today, I pray for you to doubt your doubts and trust God’s Word.
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