“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 any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways,” James 1:5-8, KJV.
To honor the Lord in all our ways is to trust Him with all our hearts. When we doubt what God is capable of doing in our lives that brings in distrust. There are times when we may expect God to perform certain tasks in our lives, but if He does not do those things that we may ask for does not mean He’s not fully able to achieve. The mere fact that God is God tells us that He makes the decision for us, not us making and dictating to Him what should be done. That’s why it’s so important to pray, Lord let your will be done not my own.
Many are familiar with the passage of scripture where Jesus cries out to God the Father about His impending fate of crucifixion. It was so pressing that Jesus sweated drops of blood. He even asked for His cup, fate, to be taken away from Him, but Jesus knew that the will of the Father had to be done. Just because He was not delivered from the cross does not make God incapable of performing the task that was requested. It was not the will of the Father that the cup was to be taken away. And this is a very important lesson that many of us as Christians should take note of.
Often when faced with crisis many retreat to their own mode of thinking, which is to be carnal-minded, instead of the wisdom of the scriptures. Sure, we don’t understand why God chooses to do certain things, but does that make Him any less of Himself. The scripture states that if any lack wisdom, let him ask God who gives to all men liberally and ungrudgingly. But there is a condition, which is a consistent them throughout the Bible; the condition is that when we ask, we must do so in faith—unwavering. This does not mean that just because we may not have gotten what we asked for the last time that God is unwilling to provide. It means that whatever I ask for, I ask for in faith knowing that He can do it.
We are to be careful of saying that we trust God to deliver us, and then tell another that we just don’t know. It is not faith-based if your conversation about God changes depending on the company you keep. We ought to be of One-mind, One-spirit, and One-body. My conversation about the Lord does not change “…like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” For if I am like this, I should not expect anything from God as it is like expecting a liar to tell you the truth.
“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways,” James 1:8, KJV.
Additional References: James 4:8, James 3:12-17