James 1 (ESV)
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
The act of asking for wisdom by faith is and should be a daily prayer of every follower of Jesus Christ. We live in a world that is devoid of godly wisdom. Everyone wants to know how you feel, or how you think about a given situation. Pardon me, but how I feel and think has gotten me into trouble more often than not. No, you don’t want to know how I feel or think about a given situation, you want God’s wisdom on that situation. If you come to me for counsel, we will pray together, open the Bible together, and seek God’s wisdom together.
James lets us know that when we ask God for wisdom we are asking the One who can give wisdom generously and without holding back. God wants us to act with His wisdom in all areas of our lives. For instance, is it godly wisdom to go to church or to miss church? Is it godly wisdom to speak in harsh truthfulness or to speak with gentleness and meekness giving His truth? Is it godly wisdom to stay up late and get up early or would God have us take better care of our bodies, His temples? Godly wisdom needs to be sought every day by every child of God.
James also tells us that this plea to God for wisdom needs to be by faith without doubts in our minds that God will give us the wisdom that we need. When we doubt God’s ability or God’s wisdom we are like the waves of sea driven wherever the wind takes them. When we follow the wisdom of the world instead of the wisdom of God we too are tossed to and fro by the winds of change and chance. We become double-minded and unstable in all that we do. God’s wisdom is the key to unlock the stability that we long for. Seek His wisdom by faith today and then fully follow the wisdom that He gives to you. In fact, if you are not sure what to do, wait on God to show you His wisdom in the matter.
Bobbi, Jared, and I are going to California today to see Ben and Anna’s new baby girl, our newest granddaughter. We are so looking forward to seeing little Emilia Grace! I will be sure to send pictures of our time with her. We will be staying with our son Justin, his wife and their four boys. It is always a blast to be around our California family.
Mike Sell is bringing the message this Sunday so be sure to be there to support Mike. I am not sure how many devotionals I will be able to get out while I am gone. There are a thousand on the website if you want to scroll down a few months and find one that fits your need any day, please do. That website is www.graceforlifebc.com
Have a great day in the Lord,