“ 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
The King of the universe wants a real, live relationship with us. He’s not interested in just being a mind reader. He’s not even interested in just being a provider. He’s both of those things, but the role He relishes most is Father. He wants us – frail moral creatures – to connect with Him and communicate with Him as the dearest relationship in human existence. He rejoices to hear our voices. He delights to be our sole and holy source for all things in life.
(Looking back at verse 5) God will never one time mock us for lacking wisdom or sit back and think, Seriously? How stupid can you get? I love the NIV translation “without finding fault (v. 5). …I’m relieved to know that, even if my lack of wisdom got me into a mess, when I ask God for what I need, He won’t delight to remind me that I’ll never be enough.
(The condition according to James 1:6-8 is duplicity.) In an honest life a time comes when a person gets sick of duplicity. When (they) get tired of looking at two faces in (the) rearview mirror. When (they) can no longer respect (their) own unwillingness to make up (their) mind. There comes a time to drive a stake in the ground and lay claim to one life, one focused goal, and one God.
In the context of James 1:6, not only can we go to God for wisdom with the confidence that we will receive; we must go to God for wisdom with the absolute confidence that we will receive. Since starting this journey, I’ve practiced coupling my plea for wisdom with my advance gratitude for receiving it.
Look back at verse 7. Isn’t it interesting that the person who doubts, waffles, and wavers “should not expect to receive anything from the Lord”? Anything? Wow. That means that doubt not only robs us of the wisdom we requested but other priceless provisions as well.
Matthew 6:33 represents the reverse: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (KJV). Do you see the concept of overflow coming from both directions? Faith receives more than it asks. Doubt loses more than it disbelieved. Matthew 13:11-12 conveys a similar idea. A lot is at stake here. Let’s look at our options again.
What happens if we chuck all this single-mindedness and wholeheartedness for the natural life of duplicity? We get the grand prize: a life of instability. A double-minded man “is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:8 KJV). I don’t know if the word “unstable” makes you squirm, but it does me. How many of us can truly say we don’t sometimes feel about a quarter of an inch from instability? About an eighth of an inch from the edge? One tiny crisis from a breakdown? Even a surge of imaginary harm can weaken our knees and quicken our pulse. The NET Bible translation of Isaiah 33:6a has been in my memory verse spiral for years: “He is your constant source of stability.” Yes, He is. And when the Enemy threatens to send me reeling like a weak-footed drunk on a slick sidewalk, I remind him of the One who is my constant source of stability.
About the Author:
Author and Speaker Beth Moore is a dynamic teacher whose conferences take her across the globe. She has written numerous bestselling books and Bible studies. She is also the founder and visionary of Living Proof Ministries based in Houston, TX.
Beth self- published her first book, Things Pondered, in 1993, and published her first Bible Study, A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place in 1995. Since then, the studies have been translated into over 20 languages and have reached women in countries all across the globe. In addition to her writing, Beth enjoys ministering to women at live events. Beth recently celebrated over 20 years of Living Proof Live conferences. She can also be seen teaching Bible studies on the television program Living Proof with Beth Moore, aired on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.