James – Thursday, March 5
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
We must keep in mind the context of v. 5, which has to do with our times of trial as believers. When in trials, we have great need of wisdom—God’s wisdom in particular. So how do we get it? We receive it from God Himself, who is generous in providing wisdom to those who ask.
The caveat is that we must ask in faith. In other words, we must believe that God is not only capable of providing us wisdom, but also is willing to do so in answer to our prayers.
The person who asks for wisdom and then continues to make decisions on his own has not asked in faith. He didn’t truly believe that his prayer would be answered. The result is instability in every part of his life.
Daily Devotional Book • James Application Questions
1. Take some time to write out your memory of the last time you asked God for wisdom.
2. When you asked, did you believe that He would provide it to you? In what way did His answer come?
3. What situation in your life right now is showing you that you have need of God’s wisdom? According to James 1:5, what should you do about it?