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July 20 Ask in faith without doubting

July 20Jam1.5 ask in faithJames 1: 6 “But he must ask~~ in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed around by the wind.”

Team players are picked not just because of their abilities but also because they convey unconditional trust in their coach. There is no time in a game to question the coach.

God wants to call the plays in our lives through His commands and give us the wisdom to trust that He allows formidable opposition or difficulties for a purpose.

Inner fortitude to endure the pressures or calamities of life comes from a willingness to understand God’s perspective and believe that He has a purpose. We are told to “be continually asking” (James 1:5) for God’s wisdom, which is not a suggestion, but a command; therefore, it is key to our prayer life to cry out for wisdom: “If you seek her [wisdom] as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God” (Prov 2:3–-5).

The heart of God wants us to understand Him and His ways, which are not our ways, so we must adjust to Him. Jeremiah said, “I know the plans that I have for you, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart’” (Jer 29:11–-13).

Isaiah wrote similarly, “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,says the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isa 55:8–9). This means we have to adjust to His thoughts. Even more so, we must learn to trust our Lord without question.

When Satan convinced Eve to doubt the character, motive, purpose, and promises of God, he was able to manipulate her into disobedience through temptations. She refused to trust God’s wisdom or seek it. She believed a lie and chose to do it her way. On the other hand, Job said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15).

Some Christians doubt God will provide for them, so they refuse to live by faith. Others become bitter against God for allowing bad things to happen to them, thus missing God’s purpose for them.

To doubt God is foolish and sinful: “Without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Heb 11:6). Whatever happens, God expects us to stay on course and trust His wisdom.

“Heavenly Father, Your wisdom is like pure gold; it is a hidden treasure that I can only possess if I know You through Your word. Give me the determination to know and trust You explicitly.”

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