Spiritual Seasickness

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:6-8).

Though I have never been at sea enough to experience seasickness, I have experienced motion sickness and know how unpleasant it is. As your head spins faster and your sweat gushes harder and your hands get clammier and the urge to violently empty the contents of your stomach again grows stronger, nothing is more urgent in your mind than finding relief as soon as possible.

What would you think of someone who chooses—though it was completely unnecessary—to live in a constant state of physical seasickness? Rather than moving to a place where his stomach and head would be calm and at peace, he chooses instead to live in a constant state of physical malaise. What sane person makes such a choice?

How much more insane it is to choose to live in a constant state of spiritual seasickness! Rather than being anchored to faith and enjoying calm and equilibrium in your life, you embrace doubt and let its crashing waves and boisterous winds toss you around like a small vessel in a large and dangerous sea.

Like its physical counterpart, spiritual seasickness is no way to live.

Get off the boat of doubt and live by faith in God.

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Author: jchowning

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