The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue14

"If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproach and faultfinding, and it will be given to him.

Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and tither and tossed by the wind.

For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord,

[for being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides]". - James 1: 5-8 (Amplified Version).

This Scripture helps us to understand that an attitude of consistent 'wondering' and 'reasoning' leads to confusion. And confusion keeps one in a state of mind in which one is uncertain about everything. The answer to confusion (uncertainty) is faith!

Jesus counseled that faith does not come from reasoning. He often rebuked his disciples for applying reasoning rather than simply applying their faith. We often do the same. We try to analyze a biblical statement or teaching to see whether it is logical, and disregard it if it is not. Yet the Bible tells us that "the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength" (1 Cor. 1:25).

The Bible also tells us: "The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them because they are spiritually discerned." (1 Cor. 2:14, N.I.V; emphasis mine). We are not called to reason in the mind but to simply obey the prompting of the Spirit. That is how faith is applied.

The 'wisdom literature' of the Old Testament is filled with admonitions to fear and trust in the Lord. For example: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight (Prov. 3: 5,6; emphasis mine).

We are called to trust God's word, not human reason. Do you want to grow in your faith? Then you must come to the word of God to "hear" (Rom.10: 17). There is no other way.

Stop analyzing, arguing and justifying. Just hear and obey. That's God's will!



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