What does it mean to ask in faith with nothing wavering? In James 1:5-6, it states, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
The Merriam-Webster dictionary states that to waver is “To go back and forth between choices or opinions.” How many people do you know that can’t make up their minds? One day they believe one thing, and the next day they are convinced that the opposite is now the truth. Or have you every worked with someone that doubts their ability or actions. Working with someone like that can be frustrating because a wavering person takes one step down the path and then decides they were wrong and goes back to the beginning. Once they get to the beginning of the path, they change their mind again and start down the path once more only to change their mind again and start over.
Unfortunately, when someone wavers all their time and energy is wasted in changing their minds instead of accomplishing a task. This debilitating process keeps them from completing anything of value. I believe that when God asks us to “ask Him in faith, nothing wavering”; He is asking us to believe the answer we receive from Him and move forward without second guessing ourselves. We must have the “faith” to move forward without doubt.