Wheat or weed
In Ellie's school newsletter, there's this thoughts for the week: " Decide carefully exactly what you want in life, then work like mad to make sure you get it." by Hector Crawford(1913-1991)
When Peter just started our new business, he asked the Lord to give him a verse, and the Lord gave him Isaiah7:9,"If you don't stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all."
In James 1:6-8, "But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does."
Wherever there's a seed of wheat sowed, there will also be the seeds of weed. If you don't take proper care of the wheat, and diligently labor to get rid of the weeds, pretty soon the weeds will take over.
If God has put a seed of faith in your heart, but you don't diligently guard your heart and deal with all the doubt and fear that come from all directions, then your faith won't last very long to see you through.
It actually takes a lot of work. First, we need to recognise what's wheat and what's weed. Then, we need to take actions, to get rid of the weeds. No farmers should expect to have harvests if they don't do the weedings.
If we allow both faith and doubt to grow at the same time, we're just like that double-minded man -- who should not think he will receive anything from the Lord.