“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 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. 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. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
James 1: 2-8
I have always liked the book of James, but I have to be honest, I have never really camped there before. So, I am setting up tent and will spend some time in here over the next while. I can’t help but think I would like the Author, James. The way he writes seems to really reach into my heart and makes me believe he must have been a nice guy, who obviously loved God so much!!! Just something in his writings that appeal to me.
How is your wave? I can remember as a little girl I got to ride in a float. I sat in a wheelbarrow with a wooden replica of an ice cream and pie stand my parents had. I got to throw candy out the window (of course eat some too!), and I got to practice my princess wave. I was all of about 6 years old and after all I was grown up enough to be a princess right? The wave I am talking about today isn’t that kind of wave though. One of the places I have met Jesus, and is so special to me is the ocean. I have cried, prayed, praised and even been angry with God and watched the waves wash over my heart with a sense of peace. If you throw a small piece of drift would on a wave just a little bit back from where the tide is coming in it takes forever to get to the shore. Of course it depends how far out and size of the piece, but I used to like to do that. The verse today compares doubting in God’s ability to give wisdom to the wave of the sea, and being tossed by the wind.
These verses today are talking about tough times, and we all know in those times knowing what to do isn’t always the easiest thing to decide. Sometimes our “trials” means being faced with tough decisions, and sometimes it is about just walking one day, one breath at a time. And then, there are the times we don’t know what to do. We have no idea how we are to get through and we don’t know if we are to move left or right. “God, what am I to do” we say, BUT do we say that believing that He WILL show us? Do we pray and ask for wisdom and then in the back of our minds think, “He won’t answer anyways and I will be in the same situation”. Faith in God during the trials of life takes more exercise of that very faith than any other time, so praying for wisdom falls into that same category. But read what it says ” But when you ask, you MUST believe and NOT doubt” This isn’t referring to praying about a pink Cadillac, or a trip or healing…. this is referring to asking God for wisdom. Do you believe God can and does give wisdom when we ask? Can you look back and see how that He has given you a clear mind when you never thought it possible and you could make a wise decision?
The next time you are faced with a tough time, stop and remember the bible says we can, and not just can, but “should” ask God for wisdom and He will give generously. Pray believing, don’t let the doubt that stirs within win, get off the wave and make it on the shore of faith and let God give you the wisdom of where to go from here. He said He would, now take Him at His word.
Love, Hugs’ Prayers