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Have we been looking to God for wisdom?
James 1:5-8
First attempt at publishing for the arcing course :)
Published September 5th, 2020; Updated September 7th, 2020
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James 1:5-8
Main point summary
Ask God for wisdom, but do so in faith.
James 1:5-8
James 1:5-8
j If any of you lacks wisdom,
If you lack wisdom,
k let him ask God,
ask God,
l who gives generously to all without reproach,
because he gives generously to all without reproach,
and it will be given him.
and you will receive it.
But m let him ask in faith,
But ask in faith,
n with no doubting,
without doubting
for the one who doubts is like o a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
for if you doubt you are like a wave of the sea that is driven and
For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
p he is a double-minded man,
q unstable in all his ways.
Go back to lesson 3, and look at "inference note" and "mine column"
Where have we been looking for wisdom? Maybe we think there's too much uncertainty as to whether God will provide us with the wisdom we need, maybe we feel as if it won't come soon enough. And so we fall for the temptations of the world, that it will instantly provide the insight we need to make sense of everything. Or maybe we look to ourselves, and our own abilities as our guide, especially in the age of information and knowledge. Let us not be double-minded (James 1:6-8) . Someone who is double minded is restless, always in conflict with himself/herself, and cannot trust in God. Let us commit to the Lord, i.e let us look to him, and we will find peace in his counsel. Let us not doubt the Lord and his intentions. He is generous, let us humbly draw near to him in faith and confidence, and receive the wisdom he has always been ready to give. Consider Proverbs 2:6, "For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints."
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