Following on from our last post about endurance, James continues to talk about the importance of faith in God. He touches lightly on the wisdom of God and encourages us to ask God for it. He also warns of what could happen when we chop and change between our faith in the world and our faith in God.
Verse 6, concerning asking God for wisdom:
‘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. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.’
Does this mean we can’t experience doubt?
It’s okay to experience doubts in situations that we find ourselves in, we are human. But there is a fine line of feeling doubtful and acting on that doubt when it comes to our faith. I think that James was also describing the casual way that sometimes we may approach God. Sometimes we use God as a back-up plan when this shouldn’t be so. God’s faithfulness to us is steadfast and never changing, and likewise our faith in Him should imitate this.
I hope this super short Bible study was helpful! Hit us up if there are specific Bible verses you want us to delve deeper into.