When you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. James 1: 6-8
My teenage daughter needs to make a decision about a situation currently occurring in her life. When I asked if she was ready to make the decision, she replied:
" Mom, I'm still on the fence."
Why is my daughter still on the fence? Because she still has doubts. In spite of my
efforts to let her know her what God's Word says about her decision, she is still not convinced that God's way is the best way, and the advice from God's Word is better than the advice from the world.
According to today's Bible passage, a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave that is driven and tossed by the wind. According to one scholar's interpretation of the passage, it can cause our children, as they grow up and experience the world, to "vacillate between allegiance to subjective feelings, the world's ideas, and God's commands."
How can we help our sons and daughters when they experience doubts about God? By reminding them to ask. For God does not resent them asking if they need answers to the tough questions they have about Him. In fact, he promises to not only listen, but to respond to their concerns (James 1:5).
As your children move from childhood to adolescence, they may experience doubts about God as they deal with their feelings, the world's ideas and God's commands. So keep doing what you can to help them make the right decision, when they are sitting on the fence.
Sharing the journey,
Mother's prayer: Father, use me to help my children when they are sitting on the fence. Amen
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Jeaninne Stokes is a Christian author, speaker, educator and Bible-teacher and writes devotions to inspire, equip and inform her readers as they seek to live a life of faith in every aspect of their lives. She also provides training and coaching services to aspiring Christian writers to help them prepare to write for publication. To learn more about her ministry, visit her at www.JStokeswritingministries.com