James 1 v. 5 – 8
‘5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
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.
8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.’
v. 5 : here, ‘wisdom’ is linked to experiencing joy amidst trials, to know God’s presence, purpose and peace despite our circumstances, and the particular pressures in our discipleship
; we can have confidence in asking God because of who He is:
– He is generous;
– He gives to all;
– He gives without finding fault (He never says, ‘Your really messed that up…’)
v. 6 – 8 : James urges us in our praying not to ‘hedge our bets’, but to trust God completely, for His generous provision of all we’ll need. It is harder for those who are ‘double-minded’ to truly receive what God desires to give. Receiving from God is, indeed, an act of faith.
Prayer for today
Generous Father God,
when we are floundering,
full of confusion and doubt,
in the midst of trials and intense pressures
remind us to ask for wisdom
and assure us of Your faithfulness,
Your goodness and generosity.
Increase our faith,
that when we ask, we receive –
and may we look for your generous gift
in every situation
and every circumstance of life.
Increase our wisdom today, Lord.