SOAPing the New Testament–James 1

Scripture:

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (ESV)

Observation:

The verses highlighted point out a couple key things for me. First, God is willing to supply us wisdom we are lacking. Notice it says He will supply wisdom abundantly. This is comforting because it suggests God isn’t going to just give us enough to get by but rather He will supply more than enough. The second key thing is our expectancy does come into play when asking God for wisdom. If we have been given faith to believe in Jesus we must exercise that very faith when we commune with the Father or we run the risk of not receiving from God.

Application:

There are many times where I am in need of wisdom. A natural application of these verses for me would be to start asking the Father more for wisdom and do so in a faithful way that is expectant for an abundant response from the Father. I think prayer and Scripture study will help strengthen my faith so that my asking would be sincere and pure.

Prayer:

Father, thank you for your Word and your revelation. Thank you for the promise of wisdom. I pray for that wisdom and I am thankful for the gift of faith you have given me. Thank you for your abundant blessings. In Jesus name, Amen.

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