Read: James 1:5-12 Memorize: James 1:12 Pastor Josh August 27-September 2, 2015
Have you ever asked your parents for something and they either said yes, no, or maybe. I used to hate that growing up, maybe, just give me a clear answer yes or no. But now as a parent that's what I do with my son. You know God does the same thing to us, yes, no, maybe, or more acurately, wait. Be patient and He will answer in His time. James is continueing his thought here from verse 4. Why do you think he uses wisdom as what one would ask the Lord for? He's talking about asking for wisdom to wait patiently on the Lord, or wisdom in knowing what decisions to make during the trial, to be wise during the hard time. According to Proverbs 2:3-6 with wisdom comes knowledge and understanding of God. James is saying, "Cry out to the Lord for wisdom during this time."
Verse 6 says to "ask in faith, nothing wavering." In other words, when you ask God for something ask as though you expect to get an answer. With faith that God is going to answer your request. Not like, "well Lord I think you can answer this request for me, if it's not too much trouble, you know, I could really use help right now, if your not too busy." Ask with faith! Mark 11:24 says, "Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Verse 7 says, a man that is wishy washy when he ask, don't expect to receive anything. God calls that kind of person in the next verse a "double minded man"
Proverbs 3:5-6 are some of my favorite verses but it talks about trusting in God with all your heart and don't try and do it on your own. God will direct you in the way you should go, just have faith in him. This is what James is talking about. He goes on to compare a rich man and a poor man in the next few verses. His comparison here is of someone who is poor as being very humble. You know when you come to the end of your rope and you can't go on, that's when God begins to work. But on the flip side of that, a rich man is compared to someone who lacks for nothing, yet they are not satisfied. Even the little things in life don't mean anything to them. Take a poor person, who doesn't even know when his next meal would be, and give him 5 dollars, he will have a hay day at the McDonalds dollar menu. But the rich man is going to Outback for dinner tonight, again, for the fifth time this week, big deal. He's not saying if you are poor, you are humble, and if you are rich, your not thankful. He's describing their heart!
What James is saying here is, have faith in God, be patient, and humble yourself and let Him work. If you do so, you will be blessed as in Verse 12. God says, "blessed is the person who comes through the fire of testing, because now they are changed, now they are humble before me, now they are complete." Zechariah 13:9 says, "And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God." God is doing a work in you through the trial you are facing, refining you, making you a better person. Are you going to let Him work?