Monday, April 23, 2012

Don't Be Driven By the Wind

I hope you're still sticking with me, tomorrow will be the last day in this series.  If you haven't read the rest of my posts I encourage you to go back and do so.  Here are the verses we've looked at so far.

"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." 
James 1:2-5

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That brings us to the verse of the day:

"But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed."
James 1:6

I have been so stressed today.  My anxiety is being caused by some serious things, and some completely inconsequential things.  I have a choice to either put all of these things in God's hands and have faith, or be tossed about like a wave on the sea.

From the previous verse we know that God gives wisdom without reservation, this verse makes it clear that God also expects us to pray to him without reservation (Kistemaker 38).  James exhorts believers to go to God with a spirit of faith.  When, however, one goes to God with doubt God need not answer him.  By showing doubt in God’s providence one shows the desire to be free from the jurisdiction of God.  By not accepting and expecting God’s divine wisdom man wavers (Kistemaker 39). 

This man that wavers is like a wave “driven by the wind.”  Instead of being driven by the wisdom of the Lord a man who lacks faith allows himself to be driven by something as chaotic as the wind.

In this text wisdom is equivalent to the Holy Spirit.  For the Jews, it was a sign of the age to come; it came to the Christian through Christ himself. 

Those who ask for wisdom and doubt, do not receive it.  In verse 6 faith is not akin to intellectual knowledge, rather commitment.  According to Davids’ commentary “Faith remains resting through God despite doubt and holds on through testing” (Davids 29-30).  The doubter is one plagued by inner conflict and mistrust of God.

Tomorrow is our encouraging hearts link up, then we'll be finishing our study of Wednesday. 

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