But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. – James 1:6
In all my previous study of this simple verse, my focus was on the “asking.” It is clear that we must trust in order that 1) God might grant His wisdom and 2) we begin to make a request (ask in faith). On the other hand, isn’t it equally important that we trust His wisdom once we have received it?
Too often we bring our needs and problems before the Lord, see Him respond with the wisdom to meet or resolve them, but then hesitate to act according to the wise counsel (through His Word, godly counsel, prayer) He has provided. We waver because we lack the faith necessary to act upon what He has shown us to be true.
To ask in faith without doubting also means that we do not doubt His answer. First, we must believe that God knows best, but then we must act on the best that He has revealed.
The Shepherd knows what pastures are best for His sheep, and they must not question or doubt, but trustingly follow Him. – H. W. Smith