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THOUGHTS ON JAMES 1:5-7

In his letter James writes: "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..." (James 1:5-7).

There are such a lot of wonderful truths we can find in this passage.

1. God is wise, He knows everything about everything. He knows exactly what we need to do in any given situation. He knows all about baking a cake, painting a house, raising children, how to study maths, which colours and patterns to use together to create a beautiful room, etc. There is not a thing we can ask God which He will not have the perfect answer to.

2. God is prepared to share His wisdom with us. Proverbs 2:6-7a says: "For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright..." In the passage in James we are instructed and invited to ask the Lord when we need wisdom. But we need to ask Him, He will not force His wisdom on us.

3. God gives to all generously and without reproach. Note it says God gives to all. That means no one is excluded. This truth gets emphasized when James writes the Lord gives without reproach. The word "reproach" means "express to (someone) one's disapproval of or disappointment in their actions." That means the Lord doesn't exclude anyone from receiving His generous wisdom because He disapproves of something you are doing or have done. God is always giving, regardless of who you are or what you have done.

4. We receive the wisdom God is offering, in fact, we receive all things God offers through faith. In Ephesians 2:8 it says: "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God." Faith is like the hand we extend to take what the Lord is holding out to us.

5. The last verse says the man who doubts should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. This is not to say that the Lord does not extend His wisdom or any of His other gifts to the person who doubts, but rather that the one who doubts is unable to receive because of his doubt.

Okay, so what is the Lord saying to us in this passage?

I am wise. Come to Me in faith, believing I know what you need to know and I will answer you, and ask Me when you need to know anything in life. I will tell you what you need to know, for I generously give to all. But be careful of doubt, for that will hinder you from receiving what I want to give you.

Let us come to God and ask, believing He will tell us what we need to know!