Daily Devotional Friday 20th November

by William Moody

James 1:2–8

Testing of Your Faith

Count it all joy, my brothers,1 when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

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.

Footnotes

[1] 1:2 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verses 16, 19

(ESV)

When the believer goes through trials they particularly need wisdom to know how to understand what is happening to them and how to respond (v5). A right response to trials is needed to help us grow and mature through them.

Wisdom is about properly navigating through life and James encourages us to pray for wisdom because God is a very generous giver to His children (v5b). God is not a tight-fisted God but a loving God who wants us to have wisdom so we can pray for it with great expectancy.

In praying for wisdom their needs to be no doubt that God will answer (v6). To doubt literally means to be double-minded (v8). The problem as we pray is that we’re maybe not single-minded enough to desire God’s will to be done in our lives. The problem with gaining wisdom is not one of the mind (intelligence) but rather one of the heart (willingness to obey).

Are you maybe being tossed around in your Christian life by trials and many other things because you’re not single-minded enough in serving Christ? If believers are to grow up we must be single-minded in our devotion to Christ and desire to know Him better. We must not be distracted from this path.

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