“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.” –James 1:6&7
I never tease Lexi when we’re playing Find It. I never pretend to throw a treat but don’t. I want her to trust me. When I flick my wrist and say, “Find it,” I will always toss a treat on the ground for her. However, a strong wind can blow a tiny bit of hot dog off course. If the treat doesn’t land where Lexi thought it would, she begins to doubt me. She looks up at me expectantly with ears perked and tongue lolling. I repeat “Find it” and point with my toe toward the treat in the grass. You’ve just got to know where to look. The Israelites who wandered in the desert were lucky in this way: “Human beings ate the bread of angels; [God] sent them all the food they could eat. He let loose the east wind from the heavens and by his power made the south wind blow. He rained meat down on them like dust, birds like sand on the seashore,” according to the psalmist (78:25-27). The wind brought them everything they desired. We’re more likely to be tossed by the winds of doubt instead. James 1:7 tells us that we shouldn’t expect to receive anything if we doubt, like Lexi won’t find her treat if she doubts I threw it. We have to trust that God provides for the faithful. We just have to look: “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds” (Matthew 7:8).
Dear God, When the wind blows, let me find the blessing, instead of being tossed with doubt. Amen