“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).
Are you lacking wisdom on how to persevere and stand under the trial? I certainly am. I am glad that God gives generously without finding fault. I want to seek him first in trials. However, there is a conditional statement that goes with this promise of God. “But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord, he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does” (James 1:6-7). This is pretty strong language, but not asking in faith is not asking at all. How often do you ask for something and you are just not sure about it? I work in a hospital where there are people in health crises. Often I hear people say when asked about their hope and God’s healing presence, the answer is, “I hope so.” This is not spoken in faith but doubt. The Hope we have as believers, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:19). Our anchor holds even when we slip. God’s timing and ways may not be ours, but like His word, “It will not return to me empty (void), but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
Proverbs 1:9 tells us that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Fear is respect and trust in Him and His Word. He is able do immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine Ephesians 3:20 tells us. Trust that He hears and He answers our prayers. I will end with a great doxology of trust and faith from Jude 24.
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy- to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore, Amen.”