Um… yes? Hey… that’s me, right here. So what do I do about it?
Well, “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. 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.”
Cool. Hey, Mr. James.
Can I personalize this a little. ‘Cause, it says “he” and “him” a lot.
“Sure. I was using a generally inclusive pronoun”
Thanks. Just checking. So… I guess this means I don’t have to live in a swirl of mental confusion?
“Exactly. God desires that you have a focused life…clarity and trust.”
Yeah… pretty sure I desire that too.
“Look to Christ. Get rid of earthly wisdom. Put your faith in Him…not only to receive answers, but because He is the answer. ”
How do I know if I’m hearing the right stuff? How do I know I’m not making it up to please my own desires?
“1. The Holy Spirit won’t lead you toward sin of any kind. God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone.
2. …the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”
Hmm… ok. Thanks, James.
“Keep reading. There’s a lot more you need to understand about watching your tongue and caring for widows and orphans. Not to mention the really important bit about humility.”
I love the book of James. Good conversation this morning over the tattered pages.