Devotions By Jan

To Toss or Not to Toss?

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Scripture for Today: James 1:5-6  “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. 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.”

It’s a dilemma. If I toss my salad before serving, all those tasty colorful additions get covered up and often end up at the bottom of the bowl. This means that the last one to serve himself gets the lion’s share! But there is a similar problem if I keep everything visible at the top. The first few to serve themselves get most everything, leaving the late-comers with only lettuce. No more tossing for me! At my house, it’s build your own salad and that solves the problem!

Today’s verse describes a person who is tossed. This is the individual who doubts. He is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. The one who doubts is hesitant, uncertain and wavering. There is no stability as he first goes in one direction and then in another. However, God promises wisdom to those who ask Him in faith.  He never reproaches.  He is generous and gives to everyone liberally.  The condition is to ask in faith without any doubting.

His wisdom is something for which He wants me to ask. It is not part of the fruit of the Spirit. He waits for me to come to Him with humility, recognizing my need. And when I come believing, His gift of wisdom makes me stable and resolute.  His wisdom makes me single-minded and focused.  How much better it is to ask for His wisdom than be tossed by doubts! 

Thank you, Lord, for the wisdom You give.

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