Life is not a matter of trial and error. You cannot live always second-guessing what to believe or what to do. In life, those who are deliberate, who never waver even when circumstances seem contradictory, make great progress. This is equally true for our spiritual walk; unwavering faith in God and His word, is the recipe for great progress and living a supernatural life.
Let’s look at this scriptural imagery of one who wavers;
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:5-8.
Whereas the scripture specifically talked about wisdom, this is true for every other aspect of life and whatever good thing we want to access from God. We should ask in faith, because we walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7). The point I want us to consider greatly here is, ‘ask in faith, with no doubting’. To doubt means to have a second contrary thought; it is like second guessing. After praying for something, when doubt creeps in, it is a thought that comes to your mind ‘saying’, ‘you might not get it’; ‘maybe God will not do it for you’. It causes you to oscillate from; ‘will He’ to ‘will He not’. It is mostly presented in a question form, asking and wondering, whether God will grant your requests. As clearly indicated in this scripture, when in doubt, you are like a wave of the sea, tossed to and fro, by the wind. Unstable in all your ways as pertains to what you were asking about. For example, you might think about employing fasting, or praying, giving or worshiping or just waiting passively, as a means of having your requests granted, but whatever you think about, you do not do with a resolve; it is done halfway. This is doubt and wavering.
Another clear picture is that of Peter;
‘And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”‘ Matthew 14:28-31.
I love meditating on this story not for the fun of it, but for the purpose of reminding myself to keep my eyes on Jesus. Keep your eyes on Jesus, His word and instructions, regardless of the situation. Even when it was God’s will for Peter to walk on water and Jesus had also called him clearly, he sank in the water. Importantly to note, Peter walked on water for a distance, but then his eyes moved from Jesus to the waves and his faith wavered through doubt. You need to understand that for you to enjoy what is rightfully yours and revealed to you as God’s specific will for your life, you need unwavering faith. The moment you tolerate doubt, your faith wavers and the tide is turned against you. That is why some people receive healing from God and later lose it. It is not because God didn’t heal, but they doubted and sank again in sickness. This is true in every other aspect of life; in finances, at the job, family, ministry and relationships. Doubting and wavering in faith once tolerated and taken for granted, will curtail your enjoyment. Jesus asked Peter ‘why did you doubt?’ This implies that it was within his power not to doubt. No matter how boisterous the waves had become, all he needed to do was to keep his eyes on Jesus.
One man well known through all ages for his unwavering faith is the father of faith. His example is worth following.
“Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed — God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” Romans 4:16-21.
Abraham refused to waver, because of these reasons, follow them up closely, practice them and your faith will not waver:
1. He believed in the God of miracles – who gives life to dead and calls those things which are not as though they are.
2. He kept his hope alive even in hopeless situations – hoped against hope standing on God’s promise.
3. He refused to consider the negative circumstances, he did not use facts as the determinant of his faith, but God’s word – he didn’t consider his ‘dead body’ and the ‘deadness of Sarah’s womb’
4. He didn’t entertain unbelief – He did not waver at the promise; he didn’t doubt even when it seemed too late
5. He was strengthened in faith – His faith became stronger and stronger as he gave glory to God. Thanking God for the answer. Hallelujah!.
There you have them, these are points to meditate upon, apply them to your life and then practice them daily. No matter what happens, whether you feel like you are between a rock and a hard place, do not waver. Victory is assured and you cannot stand on God’s word and fail. Be resolute, be deliberate in your faith walk and refuse to doubt. Feed on God’s word in big volumes and repeatedly. Master certain truths to begin with; get perfect understanding and then they will become a conviction. You will be deeply rooted and immovable. You are a victor in Jesus’ name.
Robert Ssesanga is the founder of Aflame Gospel Ministries a multifaceted Christian ministry and the Senior Pastor of Aflame Gospel Assembly in Kampala, Uganda. He is an author and a conference speaker who travels extensively to nations. He preaches the gospel with signs, miracles and wonders, as God attests to His word with power. His emphasis on victorious living and enjoying the supernatural life has been instrumental to many lives that have been impacted over the years in many nations. HIs passion is to demonstrate the gospel and impact generations.