But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:5-8
Remember how your kids would ask you this question: “Dad, I am going to task you a question, but I want you to say yes, ok?” They would set you up for the answer they want. James warns about asking God in this same fashion. God is ever so willing to grant us solutions to our problems, wisdom to discern His will, and answers to life’s biggest questions. But, only when we ask in faith and obedience can we expect His great blessings.
A man on a walk slipped over a cliff and hung from a branch. He yelled ‘Is there anyone up there that can help me?’ A voice from heaven said ‘yes, its me, God. Have faith, let go and I will catch you!’. The man thought for awhile. Then he replied ‘Is there anyone else up there’? This is our problem, we want God’s ways so long as they line up with our ways! That’s what it means to be double-minded.
Do faith and obedience mark my life? Am I really willing to do what God says when I pray. Or are my prayers still superficial and one-sided?
God, as this Sunday begins- I pray many will find there way to worship (online) today and hear encouraging words from our pastor. As we sing and look into the Bible, prepare for the week ahead. And Lord, please bring a rapid close to this shelter in place situation… especially by Easter if possible. Thank you for Your wisdom!