The Cost of Doubt and Freedom of Faith

A great motivator for faith is to count the cost of doubt. The notion that we can just sit back in a doubting posture and suffer no ill effects is just plain wrong. Doubt isn't the position of peace, it's more akin to chaos. Doubt is not in the least bit stable, it's a rocky ride for the soul. And possibly the worst side effect of doubt is that we sever ourselves from the provision of God. God's hand is never withdrawn. But doubt pulls us from God's outstretched arms. This is not hyperbole. Listen to clear words of James:

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways."

James' intent isn't to freak out the listener. But is he trying to convince the doubter that there's no comfort in his position? Absolutely. And there's one solution. Now, God loves questions. Better yet, God can handle questions. But there comes a point that we need to take a step of faith. To camp in a state of questioning will only cause us to languish without the full life of God. We have to step out in faith if we want to feel something solid beneath us.

Faith isn't unreasonable but there's an element of uncertainty to every step. This world is too broken and our heart is too easily misguided to craft a perfectly clear plan or straight path. And even if we saw it, we'd question it. Faith is actually a soul stabilizer. Faith clears our mind and gives us fresh life focus.  Every step of faith is a declaration that God orders our steps. There's never enough evidence to pull us out of the ditch of doubt. But there's plenty of evidence that doubt is destructive. Faith doesn't look so bad when we peel back the sheets on doubt. Do a '180 Now'. Give up the instability of doubting for the solid rock of faith.    

James 1:5-8