"Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. James 1:6
LISTEN TO: Tenth Avenue North, "You Are More"
What a time we are living in. With the coronavirus scare, people are hoarding toilet paper, bottled water, and anything they can get their hands on. Broadway shows and other concerts, as well as sports games have gone dark. Businesses are shutting down. Schools have been suspended. How long will this last? People are irritable, fighting, short-tempered. On the other hand people are reaching out to care for elderly neighbors, care for children of friends, buy an extra meal for a needy person, Pandemics and scares bring out the best and the worst in people.
So fear overall is heightened. It is time to turn to the scriptures, to God, and place our trust in him. God loves us and cares for us. Even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, as the Psalmist declares, God is with us. So even with fear and doubt, God is there, calling us to have faith in the midst of uncertain times.
Faith acknowledges doubt, but keeps the focus on God -- Faith sees what we done, but then turns to see what God has done. There, faith is called to stay focused. We are more than our doubts, fears, and past actions. God doesn't doubt us. Instead, "God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1. Cor 1:9" Even if we doubt, let us turn to God's faithfulness which will carry us through the challenges and trials we face.
PRAY: "God of Ultimate Power, in our time of trial we embrace your goodness, that you'll see me through life, that you love us and have forgiven us. In the grips of doubt, give us grace to remember your faithfulness. "