The Truth of Faith
Verse 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
As we talked about yesterday, God is ready to hand out wisdom if we ask Him for it. But is that really all there is to it?
In a word, no, that isn’t all there is to getting wisdom. James points to the details that need to be remembered when we go to the Father asking for wisdom. The verse before us today is a tough one to swallow sometimes. And it is one that can easily confuse us if we just take it at face value.
First off this verse tells us that we “must believe.” Believe what? If we are Christians doesn’t that already say that we believe? The word translated believe here is more often translated as faith. It is the word that is used in Hebrews 11 when the writer listed off the men and women who had faith in God that stood out. It is this faith that enables us to follow God when it doesn’t make sense. But why does James say that this faith is a key to gaining wisdom from God?
Faith is a word we tend to treat lighter than men and women did in generations gone by. Maybe it is because we have so much in life that we don’t think we have to trust Him. Trusting is on our minds more when it is something that we have to think about, when things are looking bleak or we don’t see how we are going to get the issue solved.
This is the very reason that James reminds us that we are to have complete faith when we ask God for wisdom. We have to come to admit that no matter how much we try to learn or how much knowledge we look up on the internet, we will not reach a level of wisdom. Remember wisdom isn’t just a higher level of knowledge. Wisdom is knowing what the best choice is from every angle. That is why God is the only one that can give true wisdom, He is the only one that can see it from the final outcome.
This is where the faith comes into play. We see things only from the angle of our lives in the here and now. If we want wisdom about something, we have to trust God enough to know He knows the future and isn’t speaking from our side of things. To desire wisdom it to have faith that it is wisdom even if you can’t trace the knowledge of it.
Making It Personal
What is your understanding of what wisdom is? What level of faith do you have? Do you have enough faith in God to trust Him when you can’t see what He is doing?
Making It Personal Kids
How would you describe faith? Who is someone in the Bible with a lot of faith? How can you show your faith in Jesus?
Father, You alone are worthy of our faith. May we see the truth of Your wisdom and desire it above all else. In Jesus’ name, amen.