Stepping Heavenward

2006-09-27

Is This Doubting?

Compared to other people's blogs...this one is just over a month old, which means that I don't have HUGE amount of people adding comments on here yet. (although I have had 356 views in that time...woohoo!)But despite all this, I thought I would put a question out there to the people who DO actually read this...because I have been thinking about this subject ever since I read something similar to it on somebody else's blog. I had been eagerly waiting to read comments on that blog in answer to this question...but so far nothing has come up.

Here it is:
If I pray in faith, asking God for something that is very important to me and something that I REALLy need, is it a lack of faith to wonder if God will say no?
If somebody told me they would get back to me with an answer about a job, and don't, is it wrong to jump the gun and go ahead and phone THEM instead of waiting patiently and relying on God?

Of course this is only one instance, there are loads more. What do you all think?

5 Comments:

  • I do not believe it is a lack of faith to wonder if God will say no. But it is a lack of faith to doubt Him when he does.

    The candidate (regarding my last post) who is running for a governmental office this year doesn't have a great chance of winning. And that's hard to swallow -he's a man of Faith, one who fears God and stands grounded in God's Word. His contender is ever so secular. So I pray, along with thousands of others, that this Godly man will be elected to lead our state.

    But the question always haunts me: What if he doesn't win? Will all my work to help him be in vain?

    I've come to the conclusion that God knows far more than I ever will. He knows everything about the past, present, and future. If it is in His plan that the secular man takes office in leading our state, then I trust Him (God, not the secular leader) with all my heart. After all, He is God, and He has a bigger plan -one that I can't see or comprehend. I know that my job is to fight hard for what is right -to follow God's commands, and obey Him no matter what.

    I find it hard listening to the hundreds and thousands of issues in our current time: Iran and nuclear research, Iraq, Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, Chloroflourocarbons, "Global Warming," starvation, sickness and disease, communism, terrorism, Islam- and then get a feeling of hopelessness from people around me about these things, and life in general. These people I've talked to have a twisted worldview of "Why try? Why fight? It's not going to make a difference. Just wait until Christ returns."

    I'm very frustrated with this mentality. It is lame, ignorant, and disobedient. Life is a test -it's not supposed to be easy. We're supposed to fight until the day we die for Christ. That is why we are here! To honor and glorify as we battle for Him. To sit on the sidelines and do nothing makes me irate. If the world can't be won over, I'll die fighting. If I "Can't make a difference," I'll loose trying.

    In the end, I've got to keep fighting in everything I can, making every difference I can. We must pray for God's help -we can't fight alone. We pray that certain things be done, that we gain strength to endure, etc. Questioning what God's answers for us will be, in my opinion (at this point), is not being un-faithful. But questioning his answers once He's made them is. It shows a lack of faith in His plan.

    Also, there is a fine line between "wondering" if God will say no and worrying if He will say no.

    *sorry for the long comment*

    As for your "new site," yeah, new sites aren't hopping right out of the box. It takes some publicity to get "a lot" of comments... I might sponsor you sometime depening on whether or not I endorse what you say ;)

    Regarding the "job" thing: I'd politely call if it's been more than 2 weeks. But if I get no answer after that, then I'd drop it. But I don't have much experience with jobs, so don't take my word for it. Going for my degree before I get a job... :-D

    ~Caleb ><>

    By Anonymous Caleb, at 12:18 AM  

  • "Also, there is a fine line between 'wondering' if God will say no and worrying if He will say no." -And, if we worry, then that shows a lack of faith (imo).

    That is a very, very fine line.

    By Anonymous Caleb, at 12:22 AM  

  • I'm making my way over here from Adrian's blog, finally! It's been a busy few days :).

    I definitely don't think it's a lack of faith to wonder if God will say "no" to a prayer. God always answers prayers, but He answers them either yes, no, or wait (I've also heard "yes, but you'll be sorry"). God promises to give good things to His children, but our definition of "good things" changes as we delight ourselves in the Lord. When I pray, I pray on faith, knowing that God will answer my prayers with a "yes" if He so wills. In my opinion, wondering if He will answer my prayers is a way I am submitting ultimately to His way over mine, not a matter of lack of faith. I agree with Caleb, though, that "worrying if He will say no" is different!

    By Blogger Susan, at 3:15 AM  

  • Thanks guys...

    That makes a load of sense, and I agree totally. Thanks for pointing out those things. I guess I was confusing myself with "wondering" about God's answer and "doubting" God's answer.

    If you want to see Telika's similar(same:)) question you can see hers at: http://matthew1236.blogspot.com/

    By Blogger Celeste McGrath, at 2:43 PM  

  • Hey yeah, the way put that is really clear, it makes me think.

    By Blogger Keith M., at 7:10 PM  

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