James – Friday, March 27
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
In this incredibly insightful passage, God tells us the main reason why there is fighting between people. The reason why people fight and quarrel is that people want things, and will do anything but ask God for them.
Instead of waiting upon the Lord that He might satisfy our needs and desires, we take matters into our own hands. We kill, covet, quarrel, and fight. We act out of our own fleshly desires. In that frame of mind, even when we pray, we are praying selfishly… which is a major reason why some prayers are not answered.
The opposite way of doing life is what we should strive for. We should submit all of our desires and what we think we need to God. He loves us and will give us the best (Matthew 7:7-11; Luke 12:32). We can trust Him completely. And as we do that, we’ll discover that He is meeting all of our needs (Philippians 4:19). We’ll also discover that our wars with others will cease. There will be peace.
Daily Devotional Book • James Application Questions
1. What conflict(s) are you experiencing with others at the present time?
2. As you allow the Lord to search your own heart, what is it that you want from that person or those persons? How are you attempting to get it? How are those attempts keeping you from trusting God only to supply your real needs?
3. What have you asked from God today? What would you like Him to provide for you that you’ve not taken the time to ask of Him? Take time right now to entrust your heart, desires, and life to Him!