Don’t you just hate buts! They are such big things! Life would be so much easier without them, that’s for sure. UGH!
Hey, wait a minute … you realize I’m talking about buts, not butts right? *one eyebrow raised* Sure, sure, I believe you. *smirk*
As I was reading this week, there was a big but in the road to something I think I could enjoy. And if it weren’t for the big but in the road, it might be really nice. Yet, there it is, right in the middle of everything.
I was reading James 1 again. One of those very well known, often quoted versus.
If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. ~ James 1:5 AMP
I’m sure you know it right? How many times have you heard it repeated. This is great isn’t it. Just knowing all we have to do is ask God and he’ll give wisdom to us. If you break it all apart, he gives to everyone who asks, he gives generously, he won’t rebuke or blame you. Now isn’t that a sweet deal? Yeah, I thought so myself. Except one huge but stuck its self in there.
But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help], for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind. (emphasis added by me) – James 1:6 AMP
The big but standing between me and the sweet deal is doubt. Oh, wait, maybe it doesn’t really mean doubt, right. *runs over to Thayer and asks*
in a sense not found in secular authors, to be at variance with oneself, hesitate, doubt:
I’ll be honest, I think this big but has probably gotten in my way several times. I hesitate to believe God is interested in answering my prayer. I doubt sometimes he will even hear me. And sometimes, I wonder if my prayer is for the right thing. Have you ever had this same but get in your way?
And just to make sure we understand, the words double-minded are used in verse 8. And the word used here means: wavering, uncertain, doubting, divided in interest.
If we relate this back to the troubled times testing us, it makes it an even bigger but to deal with. Because if we are worried and fretting in troubled times, how can we have full faith and ask for wisdom without doubting? If we believe and have faith, then how can we have doubt at the same time? It makes us double-minded.
So this is one which will take some working on. It all boils down to how much do we trust God? How big do we really believe God is? How much in control do we really think he is?
Oy vey! It’s going to take some exercise to get rid of this big but!