Waver - Not
Only full persuasion and unwavering conviction result in the strength of faith that moves anything, from pebbles to mountains.
Romans 4:19-21 (NIV)
" 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised."
James 1:6-7 (NIV)
" 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord."
For the one who will actually pass through the wilderness and live the promise, there cannot be even the slightest questioning of that promise. There may be considerable setbacks and discouragements along the way, but to waver in belief is to completely disable the possibility of receiving. The single waver itself is disabling, but it usually does not exist on its own. With every waver there are certainly other wavers close by to keep it company and help it grow.
There is a tendency to provide for the possibility that what God said will not come to pass. Songs are written and comfort is sought in the notion that there can somehow still be rest when all God’s promises have failed. Something about Him can still be trusted, even though His Word cannot. This doesn’t seem to be the comfort sought by those who received from Jesus, however, and if it had been, their faith could not have resulted in their miracle. (As Jesus indicated that it did). The woman with the issue of blood surely wasn’t worshiping with “Even If” the morning before she pressed through the crowd for her miracle. Faith cannot survive in the culture of “what if”. Only full persuasion and unwavering conviction result in the strength of faith that moves anything, from pebbles to mountains. There is a promise of comfort through the valley of the shadow of death, but it is from the rod and staff of direction and hope that God is still God and His Word is unchanging.