Study Notes on James 1:5-8

But anyone who needs wisdom should ask God, whose very nature is to give to everyone without a second thought, without keeping score. Wisdom will certainly be given to those who ask. Whoever asks shouldn’t hesitate. They should ask in faith, without doubting. Whoever doubts is like the surf of the sea, tossed and turned by the wind. People like that should never imagine that they will receive anything from the Lord. They are double-minded, unstable in all their ways. James 1: 5-8 CEB

Lacking wisdom is a constant, and so we must ask God. Spend time in prayer, confessing our lack, and He will give generously. Praying for wisdom is a direct remedy for doubt. Being half in and half out with God doesn’t work.

One of the beautiful attributes of God I have experienced is that the more time I spend with Him, heart fully open, the more He gives. I must continue to live a disciplined life, giving my first hours of the day to Him. He steadies my mind, even (or especially) when the waves are crashing and threatening to pull me off course. Having doubts is not the worst thing, it’s not bringing those doubts to God and asking for His wisdom that keeps me in turmoil. My devotion to God is like a ship on that storm tossed sea. I must stay alert (and pray), check the map (His Word), and adjust the sails (led by the Holy Spirit) along the way. There is no cruise control to a life of steadiness. Steadiness comes from trusting the Captain and doing my part to sail well.

Lord, I trust You with my whole heart. Thank You for the wisdom You give so generously when I ask. Thank you for the women I encounter who are seeking Your wisdom along with me. Grant us steady minds and peaceful hearts in the uncertain waters of this life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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