“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. 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. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:5-8
Today’s Christian daily devotional
Silence fills the car like an invisible passenger with heavy baggage. Pete and Adam sail through the stoplights without a glitch. The streets of Chicago are desolate because of the holiday weekend. But, the mood in this car is anything but celebratory.
“No one would fault you for leaving her, Pete.” Adam’s cold words slice through his thoughts. It was strange how his childhood buddy always seemed to be able to read what he was thinking.
Pete just stared at the windshield wiper blades that swished hypnotically in front of him. The hospital was coming into their view now.
“Maybe today’s not a good day to visit.” Adam pulled into a vacant parking spot and turned off the car.
The quick halt of the wiper blades seemed to snap Pete out of it for a second.
“I need to see her…for me.” Pete’s eyes were dim, but emphatic.
“Sure. Whatever you want, man.” Adam patted his friend on the back. It was hard watching him go downhill so fast. There didn’t seem to be a thing he could do about it, but just stand by and watch it happen.
Both men pulled up the hoods on their sweatshirts as they ventured into the rainy night. Neither of them moved quickly.
The automatic doors opened as the two men slowly entered the dry and dismal hospital. Pete went into autopilot nodding in silence to the familiar nurse behind the front desk. Adam followed two paces behind, trying to hide his own nervous apprehension. He didn’t have the heart to make things harder for his friend.
“Just so you know, visiting hours will be over in fifteen minutes.” The nurse called out behind them.
“Thank you.” Adam breathed an inner sigh of relief.
As they took the elevator to the sixth floor, they witnessed a motley crew of people milling around the floor’s recreational room.
Pete spotted the golden hair of the only one that mattered to him.
Conversing with another patient, Emily’s eyes drifted in Pete’s direction. Their eyes locked, but there wasn’t that light of recognition in Emily’s face. Pete was just another stranger to the one who held his tender heart.
“Yeah. Today’s not a good day for a visit.” Watching Emily from behind the glass, he backed up slowly towards the elevator.
The two walk back to the car in silence. Pete needed wisdom beyond his experience. He had no one to turn to that knew how to navigate through this messy chapter in his and Emily’s life together.
In James 1:5-8 we are encouraged to turn to God when we lack wisdom. The crucial key to note is not to doubt that God will deliver exactly what you need. The verses in James strongly emphasize that we won’t receive wisdom if we doubt that God will actually supply it.
Doubting in God’s goodness can be the very obstacle we place over receiving His blessings.
God wants to bless you. Are you ready to get out of your own way and let Him work powerfully in your life?
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I never realized that doubting in your goodness could actually prevent my prayers from being answered.
This reality has opened my eyes to see that perhaps many of my past requests only required a bit more faith from me.
Lord, help me out here. Life has gotten to the point where I am so tossed around with stress that it’s hard to let go and completely trust that you have my back.
I guess I’m afraid that if I fully surrender my trust to you, I will have to give up my back-up plan…and that in turn, is my security blanket.
Lord, increase my capacity for believing in miracles. I need a miracle to overcome this mountain of doubt in my mind.
In the name of Jesus, remove this mountain of doubt and cast it into the depths of the sea. It has only brought confusion, torment and a lack of power in my prayer life.
I’m taking back the power you gave me, and that comes by taking hold of my faith. Thank you for being so patient with me, Amen.”
Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verses: James 1:5-8
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan