“But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest…”
Isaiah 57 v 20 - 21
“…he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind…”
James 1 v 6 - 8
In both Isaiah and James, the picture of a stormy sea is used to describe both the doubting and the wicked. Why would God associate these two groups of people? A wicked man has evil intent and a heart hardened against God. Those whom James is addressing are believers, followers of Christ. In character and in their eternal destinies, these two groups are very different. However, their torment and fruitless existence are most similar. Neither group have peace. A wicked man cannot have such due to his separation from God while a doubting believer is constantly plagued by a floodtide of anxious thoughts. Neither group are productive in good works. The wicked have no interest in good works, only evil. The doubting Christian is unable to produce such, due to an unsettled, indecisive and irresolute nature.
This is indeed a warning. Let us run from doubt dear believer, as hastily as we would run from rebellion against God. Doubt is a most unproductive exercise. The story below will hopefully encourage you to trust with an even greater determination in the ability of our Jesus to turn a hopeless situation into a logic-defying testimony. We truly serve a miracle-working God!
A STROKE-VICTIM SET FREE
The crusade held by In His Name Ministries in the township of Diepsloot, Johannesburg, truly ushered in a mighty floodtide of salvation, healing and deliverance. Pretty Kisa is one of many who experienced a life-changing God-encounter during that week. A young lady with sweet, gentle features, both her manner and appearance reflect what her name implies. Do enjoy her story.
A number of weeks prior to the crusade, Pretty had returned from work to find her small home ransacked and her few belongings stolen. Having reported the incident to the police, she endured a night of restless sleep. The following morning, she awoke to find that the one side of her face had been paralyzed by a stroke. Her cheek hung motionless, her eye, drooped unblinking, her mouth, awkwardly skew, her one ear, totally deaf. Her doctor attributed the stroke to shock. There was nothing he could do. Her lopsided countenance made eating and drinking tremendously difficult. “If I put the spoon in my mouth, the food would fall out, like a baby,” she explained, “I needed to use a bib to eat.” The deafness in her one ear, made her work as a caregiver at a local old age home increasingly complex. “When the old people spoke, I had to go closer to hear what they were saying. My life was just, difficult.”
Having heard about the upcoming crusade at the church where she attended, Pretty felt her heart surge with hope. Having been a Christian for many years, she was determined to trust God for a miracle. The week for the crusade finally arrived, and Pretty was in attendance. The Gospel message had been proclaimed with simply clarity, many having surrendered their lives to Christ. The time came for the sick to be prayed for. Pretty rushed forward and stood amongst those who had gathered at the front. Her turn came. Hands were laid on her, the name of Jesus being earnestly called upon. “The power of God touched me,” she shared, describing her experience. “It felt like there was something shifting in my face, it was tingling all over.” On returning to her seat, her friend exclaimed, “Your face, do you see how your face looks? Your face is perfect!” Touching her face, Pretty gasped. Her friend was right, it felt normal. She blinked her eye, she shifted her cheek, she moved her mouth, she smiled. God had performed a miracle!
When the time came to give testimonies, Pretty was eager to share her story, laughing with a contagious joy. “I am going to enjoy my supper tonight!” she exclaimed. “ Thank you Jesus, I love my Jesus, my Jesus has set me free!”
Tamryn is the founder of In His Name Ministries, an evangelistic organisation dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Africa and the world. Find her on Facebook under Tamryn Klintworth or visit the ministry website at: