So far in James Chapter One, James has told us to count it all joy when we face trials, because those trials are helping to strengthen our faith. He’s told us to ask God for wisdom, so we can learn what He wants us to learn from the trial. He has told us to ask for it in faith, with no doubting, for one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind…
For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
First, we need to understand that James is not talking about minor doubts and concerns. I think most of us feel some level of anxiety when we are suffering, and we have a compassionate God who understands that and is patient with us.
James is talking about someone who really does not trust God. If such a person doesn’t even trust God to grant them wisdom regarding their trial, they certainly will not trust Him to handle their trial. If they don’t trust God to provide a simple request like wisdom, why would they expect Him to answer any of their prayers, or grant them any other blessings?
Today’s Good News is that we can trust God with every aspect of our lives, knowing that He always has our best interest at heart.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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