James reminds us of the pitfalls of relying on both worldly wisdom and Godly wisdom at the same time.
Verses 1:5 – 8 (paraphrased) says: If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to that person. 6 But when a person asks, they must believe and not doubt, because they who doubt are like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not think they will receive anything from the Lord; 8 they are a double-minded person, unstable in all they do.
When we come up against a trial we have several choices … we can pretend it’s not there or it’s not that serious, we can ask someone for advice on how to face the trial, or we can pray and seek wisdom from God. If we are honest with ourselves we would likely admit that most of us use all three options in the sequence. We tend to seek God’s wisdom last after all else fails.
James reminds us to seek God first and have no doubts the Lord will provide the answer. We may not like the answer. We may believe that there is no answer when God is silent. In reality, no answer is an answer.
I would suggest we reverse the way we face problems. Always seek God first, and at the same time use our God-given brain/intellect to seek out wisdom from people we trust. Frequently God “speaks” through others.
The double-minded person James speaks of is one who doubts Godly wisdom and does not expect an answer from God. That person is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
A Godly double-mined person knows the Lord intervenes directly and indirectly into our lives. Hopefully that will let us sail through life more smoothly!
Robert ParlanteApril 2015