Faith looks a lot like making your mind up.
Whenever you find yourself trying to trust God, trying to believe Him, trying to rely on Him, then you’re not actually doing any of the above.
The person who trusts God, is the person who has made their mind up. They’ve decided that God is trustworthy and have relaxed into that truth. Circumstances might not have changed, difficulties might still exist, life might be painful, but they have made their mind up to believe God. They have chosen to believe that He’s good and somehow He will come through.
In James chapter 1, the writer is talking about what it means to endure tough times. “Count it all joy” he says. “This testing time is producing something in you.” He then goes on to say that if we need wisdom we should ask God:
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, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. (James 1:5-8 NIV)
When you ask God for wisdom, make your mind up. Believe Him. Trust Him. Expect Him to respond. If you keep wavering, the bible says that you are a double-minded person.
The result of this double-minded behaviour is instability in your life.
And here’s the kicker. If you don’t make your mind up, James says that you shouldn’t expect to receive anything from The Lord. It seems that God doesn’t answer the prayers of the double-minded.
PUTTING YOUR FAITH IN GOD
I think it’s important to understand where we are putting our Faith. We’re putting it in God. We’re not demanding that God answers our prayers according to our wisdom. Rather, we are submitting to His wisdom.
Often our faith gets frazzled because we are trying to tie God down to a particular set of outcomes. Or a particular way of answering our prayers.
Now, I know that we should be specific in our prayers. I thank God for His numerous answers to my specific prayer requests over the years. And yet, I am also learning to thank Him for NOT answering my specific prayers at times. Over the years I’ve prayed for specific things that, with hindsight, if God had granted them it would have been a disaster.
So put your faith in God. Ask Him for wisdom. Pray as you feel led. Make your mind up that He will answer. Rest.
Faith is letting go.
Faith is trusting God’s goodness.
Faith is resting.
Faith is making your mind up.
What are some of the ways you have learned to trust God?
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