But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

James 1:6 ESV


Midweek thoughts


My wife and I are looking for a different house.  Something smaller, more economical for ourselves.  As we have looked, we have seen so many that make us feel extremely good about our house’s value.  Our house isn’t perfect by no means but compared to so many that we’ve looked at this looks nice (and clean).

We have a neighbor with a single daughter that says they want to buy our house.  She came over walked through it and really liked it. Liked the colors we’ve painted rooms and many of the other things we’ve done to better it.  He says that they’ve looked at a lot of houses around the area, including one 3 doors down from us that went for a high dollar amount.  It has a front porch that the mortar between the bricks is broken up and the basement has some foundation cracks in it too. He continues about this and that.

I tell him, “Boy we will do really good when we sell ours then.”  He turns to me and says, “Oh you’ll never get anything near that for your house.”  That made me turn and look at my house and doubt myself and question the way I felt about my home.

There’s a story in the Bible where the devil with his questions leads Eve to question her understanding and more importantly doubt God himself.  If you look in Genesis 3 you see him initiate conversation by asking, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” (Gen 3:1 ESV) She goes on to tell him about the tree of knowledge of good and evil and how if they eat of its fruit that they will surely die. As the conversation continues, he then says, “You will not surely die.  For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Ge 3:4, 5 ESV) At that time doubt hit Eve like a ton of bricks.  She looks up at the tree ad sees the beautiful creation God had made, she took a bite and a controversy that still has the world questioning many things about God’s creation and His love for us still lingers and sin abounds. When we read through the bible we see where mankind’s doubt leads to sin, over and over again.

Keep your faith in him strong don’t be tossed about by the winds of doubt like a wave.  Calm winds and smooth waters make for smoother sailing.

By Brad Pigsley

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