Oct 6th 2021 · Day 279
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I often can’t decide what to order when I go to a restaurant. Hmm – haddock and chips looks great, but I do like a roast dinner. And surely the risotto would be a healthier option? Then I’ll order something – and change my mind at the last minute. My friends have been known to make pointed remarks about this!
I suppose all that dithering makes me a little double-minded.
In the first chapter of James, the writer talks about this problem – although he is addressing an issue which is far more serious than meal choices: ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways’ (vv. 5-8).
When we ask God for something, we need to approach him in faith. James uses a powerful picture of wind and waves to illustrate what happens when we doubt.
Asking for wisdom is a bold thing to do. But then, when God grants it, we need to act on what He has told us. To know we are hearing God means we have to spend time getting to know Him. Then we will be attuned to His voice, and be able to discern what is of Him and what is not.
Pause and reflect: Do you need to ask God for wisdom today? Ask, and don’t doubt!
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