“If any of you lack wisdom let him ask God.” James 1:5
And the rest of the verse says, “and it will be given to him.” That’s a pretty good deal I’d say! But like usual there’s a catch! “BUT, let him ask in faith—with NO DOUBTING.” That’s a pretty good working definition of faith by the way- no doubting! But for the sake of my overall ah-ha moment I would like to work backwards through this piece of James 1. I’m not sure if I’m so dyslexic that I just normally do things backwards or what, but again this method helps me understand another application of God’s word in my life.
“A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways and will receive nothing from the Lord.”
“He who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”
“Let him ask in faith with no doubting.”
“If any of you lacks wisdom let him ask of God who gives to all men generously and without reproaching.”
And here is my at-this-point conclusion:
When life is not making any sense and God seems far away before I start blaming HIM maybe I should look at myself and decide my level of intentional focus on Him. The more split my focus the hard time He has in giving me what He wants to give. Any lack of intentional focus will cause me to drift from the ideal as if in a ship without a rudder, from one bad idea to the next, from one lower priority to the next, from one poor decision to the next. I really cannot expect to grasp the goodness of God and understand life as He understands life (wisdom) if I can’t even appreciate His potential goodness. Faith for me is the conscious act of not doubting the promises of God and it is most easily attained by keeping my priorities on Him. When all this happens I have a much better chance of understanding life the way God intends for it to be understood (that’s God’s wisdom for me!) This isn’t a “vicious cycle,” it’s a “blessed cycle!! The more I focus, the more His rudder guides me. The more I am guided by that rudder the more stability that comes to my life. The more stability the more time and energy I DON’T waste trying to get from point A to point B in my spiritual journey and the more sense life makes, even, or especially, the hard parts. The more life makes sense the easier it is to have a “no doubting” type of faith. And the more of that kind of faith I have the more my thoughts are like God. And THAT is “wisdom!”—seeing life from God’s perspective, because I have made a complete focus on Him and He rudders me through life on His path.
Hope that makes sense to you because it is a very stabilizing confidence for me!
Have a great day gaining God’s wisdom for your life—in HIS way,