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. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do- James 1:6-8 NIV
My wife had her wisdom teeth removed a few years ago. Because of the anesthesia that was used during the operation, I had to drive her home. The thing that I remember most was her lack of coordination and how disoriented and unstable she was. For a period of time, she was afraid to make a move by herself because she was afraid of what might've happen in her disoriented state. After the anesthesia wore off, she became more confident in her ability to walk and move around as her stability returned.
I have been in the same state of instability that my wife was in after her surgery, but it was not due to me having my wisdom teeth removed. My instability was rooted in the fact that I doubted my ability that our awesome God had provided. I was indecisive in my decision making and it led to mediocre performance. This had an adverse effect on my family. When the human mind is in doubt, it can lead to a number of wrong decisions. The truth be told, I have found out through personal experience that the middle of the road is the most dangerous place that you can be. You have to decide what's important to you (and it aligns with God's will) and decisively pursue it. Decide what direction that you are going to take when you come to the fork in the road. If you're not decisive, you will find that you'll end up doing things that matter to other people.
James speaks of the consequences that result in operating with a mindset that's filled with doubt. We will be like a small boat that's tossed about a in a violent storm. Continually operating with that mindset then leads to, as James suggest, instability in all our ways. We will stagger along in life like one who is intoxicated, never able to plant our feet firmly in the ground to gain our balance.
How to do we combat that doubt? We start by adopting a habit of praying in faith and asking God for wisdom in abundance. When we petition God in prayer, we must believe fervently that what we are asking, if it's in His will (that has to always be the case) will come to pass. If we don't start with a feeling of belief, then we become susceptible to being swayed by the most slightest of impulses and fall back into that familiar state of mediocrity.
ACTION PLAN: Start today with deciding what's important in your life and be decisive in moving toward it. Pray to God for guidance and wisdom.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.