The use of euphemistic speech has nearly deserted us in this tell-all, bare-all, no-holds-barred world in which we live. I am so saddened by the lack of tact and decorum in our behaviors and conversations.
We think nothing of talking about “unmentionables” in public and in ‘mixed company’ (males and females in the same conversational circle). We use terms that would have made our grandmothers blush.
We don’t bother to preserve someone’s sensitive stomach when we talk graphically of losing the contents of ours (think regurgitate).
And yet, in spite of all our bold speech, we hesitate to call something what it really is. DOUBT is doubt. But, WORRY is also doubt. There are so many overlapping synonyms in the definitions of both these words: uncertainty, uneasiness, and apprehension, to name a few.
- Doubt= a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction.
- Worry= a state of anxiety and uncertainty.
We are more likely to say, “I feel uneasy” about something, rather than to declare our doubt. We feel more comfortable saying, “I’m apprehensive” about a situation, rather than to admit we are worried.
James lays it on the line in today’s scripture:
“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” (James 1:6 NKJV).
James declares that if you ask IN FAITH, you CANNOT have doubt — or worry, or apprehension, or uncertainty, or uneasiness — and expect to have a Him-Possible answer to your request!
He further explains, in no uncertain terms, what it means if you doubt when you pray (ask). You are like “a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.” Can you catch a wave? Can you capture it and use it for a purpose? NO! Of course you can’t!
That’s because it moves all around, at the whim of the wind that drives it. Your doubt causes you to be unstable and is controlled by situations you see with your earthly, carnal vision, instead of by eyes of faith. Your “faith” is variable, instead of being steadfast, as God requires.
In exercising our faith today, I’m asking you to pray a BIG prayer of faith. Ask God for what you need Him to do. The more impossible it looks to be, the more faith you’ll be required to exhibit. Say, “God, I can’t, but you CERTAINLY can! I don’t have to figure this out, because I completely, totally release it to You. Right now, I believe not only that You CAN, but that You WILL do the Him-Possible in my situation!”
Don’t worry, stress, waver, be apprehensive, uneasy, or indecisive about that statement of faith to God — Do. Not. Doubt.
Now, PAUSE — and wait for the Him-Possible to happen!
Most of us know that Faith is an important component of seeing a miracle performed. But, sometimes, God asks us to step back and wait — PAUSE — for a specific purpose, in order to see our miracle come to fruition. The Pause for the Him-Possible is an innovative approach to a 30-day devotional with a daily call to action. In this book, Susan Hohman gives us pause to consider an avenue of faith and believing that we may not have considered before.