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4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
The difficult part of the disciple’s life is getting out of the way of the Lord when He is doing a work. Have I asked for the single-minded determination that trusts God in all things? Then I shouldn’t be surprised when the lessons are tested.
My own efforts get in the way of God’s perfect work. Then I have to start all over again. Eventually, I will weary of trying to perfect the work of the perfect teacher, and will submit to her ways. Until then, I am tossed around by the unstable will of a mad man.
Either I believe that God will do a thing in my life, or I don’t. Getting from knowing to believing can be a daunting task. God will never tire of taking me through my lessons until I can get to the point that I truly believe in His promises. When I can regard my circumstances and realize they are not as important as His promise in me, I will no longer be double minded.
I will have confidence in God and His will for my life when I understand that He has nothing but His best interests in my life, and is not setting me up for failure. The waves of the storm are here to confirm that my anchor is stayed on the Lord.
When the tests get really real, and I cannot see God in my circumstances, I need to remember that He is hiding me in the cleft of His rock. Here is where I discover the “All Things” of His promise, and that even in this circumstance, as painful and challenging as it appears, is another way He is engineering my circumstances to bring me into the fullness of the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.
I should never be dismayed when I ask to be made into the image of Christ then see that God will refine me in His fire. When I can rest in the confidence of His love for me, and know that even this is not a surprise to Him, then I will be able to see God be glorified in my flesh, so that He can be seen in the midst of my storm.
All things will work together for my good. Getting single-minded means that I have to stop analyzing all my reasons to fear, and dive headlong, with reckless abandonment, in to the will of the Living God. It is there, where He is my strength, that I can accept my circumstances for what they are. An answered prayer.
God disciplines the child He loves.
Let’s be about it.
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