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October 2, 2017

Not sure what to do? Ask God.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 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. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways (James 1:5-8).

That first sentence is pretty amazing, isn’t it?

Consider what it tells us about God:

  • God wants us to come to Him in prayer.
  • God will generously give us wisdom.
  • God will never disapprove, or be disappointed, when we ask Him for wisdom.

No searching for some wise prophet on top of a mountain. No spending hours in meditation to reach nirvana. No digging through the mysterious sayings of gurus in a language that can’t be understood.

Don’t know what to do? Ask God.

And then consider what the rest of the paragraph says about the one who is asking:

 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. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways (vs 6-8).

Ask for wisdom from the God who promises to give it to you generously, and in faith that He is going to give you that wisdom.

Don’t take those verses out of the context of the previous verse and think that you can ask for anything in faith and get it. James is writing about asking for wisdom – applied knowledge, putting the truths of Scripture to work in a particular situation.

Not a new car. Not a spouse. Not a different job. Not children. Not an early retirement.

Wisdom. That’s what God promises to give you lavishly.

And He may make you read your Bible to find the answer – that’s how God speaks to us.

So what does God’s Word say about possessions? About marriage? About a career? About a family? About retirement?

Ask God to help you understand His Word, the Bible, and how to apply it to the questions that you have.

He promises to give you an answer, so asking in faith is taking that promise at face value.

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