James 1:6 - 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.
According to dictionary.com:
Faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing; belief that is not based on proof; belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion.
Doubt is to be uncertain about; consider questionable or unlikely; hesitate to believe; to distrust; be undecided in opinion or belief; a feeling of uncertainty about the truth, reality, or nature of something.
So which way do you swing most of the time - faith or doubt?
For me, it depends on the circumstances. If I’m faced with making a small decision and need some advice from others, I don’t feel doubt that what they tell me is the wrong answer.
But if it’s a big decision and I would like to get some advice, sometimes even when receiving good advice I still waffle; unable to trust the advice I was given.
Many of you out there, who are strong optimists, probably don’t have a lot of difficulty placing your faith in something. But for me, because of my past, it’s difficult for me to trust anyone and most things.
I have real trust issues. Many of those issues I’ve tried to get past, but I still haven’t been able to for many years. And because of that mistrust, I’m uncertain if I’ve placed my trust in the right person or thing.
It’s embarrassing sometimes to be this way. And that’s another place that is the rub – I want to be an example of a person who has faith that God will give me the wisdom I need and to have faith and not doubt. But unfortunately, I think I miss the mark a lot of the time.
So how does a person go from doubt to faith? Wikihow.com has some suggestions in their article, "How to let go of Doubts," such as avoid perfectionism and learn to tolerate uncertainty.
As the Bible verse above states, when you ask God or someone else for direction, you must believe and not doubt or you will find yourself being tossed around and not going anywhere. God understands your uncertainties and instead of being angry with you, he will tenderly put his arm around you and lead you toward your destination.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.