Have you struggled to make a decision? On the one hand, you have these advantages, but on the other hand, there are other advantages. You stagger at making a decision. There is nothing wrong with the struggle to make an ordinary decision, but do you ever stagger when deciding to believe God at His word?
This is the word that is used to describe what Abraham did not do. “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God” (Romans 4:20). As you study the life of Abraham, you may be tempted to wonder if this is an accurate evaluation of his life. While he did make mistakes, Abraham firmly believed God would make him the father of a nation even if he wasn’t sure how God would bring it about.
Do you stagger through unbelief? In 1 Samuel 4, the children of Israel were facing a formidable foe, the Philistines. They had wallowed in weakness for decades, but there was a surge of optimism for they felt their fortune was about to change. With all the superstitious expectations, they believed they could live like they wanted to and inject God into their problems and everything would work out fine. They learned through the resulting tragedy, your behavior is a result of your belief. They staggered in unbelief and it caused them to rebound to God when in crisis.
A few hundred years later, the descendants of the people in the previous account were faced with a dilemma. They were afraid of facing the retaliation from the king of Babylon. He might perceive the recent events as an act of rebellion. They wondered if they should flee to Egypt, so they ask Jeremiah to intercede on their behalf. “Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God…that it may be well with us” (Jeremiah 42:6). Sounds like they are committed, right? As soon as Jeremiah delivers the Lord’s answer he knows they have already decided to go their own way. They were divided in their hearts.
“As for God, his way is perfect” (Psalm 18:30). This was written by David who had many opportunities early in his life to stagger at the promise of God to make him king. Yet, he believed the way of the Lord is perfect. By trusting in the Lord, his steps would be enlarged so his feet would not slip. “It is God that…maketh my way perfect (18:32). With your faith in God, you can leap tall walls in a single bound and run through an armed enemy. Nothing will cause you to stumble when God’s way becomes your way.