12 Nov Be secure in God’s goodness
Sometimes when we want to approach God we wonder if He really wants to help us. Let’s explore that thought.
James 1:6–8 (NKJV)
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is A DOUBLE-MINDED MAN, UNSTABLE IN ALL HIS WAYS.
I have read this Scripture many times and felt guilty. If we are honest we all struggle with doubt and double-mindedness from time to time. But why do we struggle? Why do we become double-minded? Is it because our faith is not strong enough? Is it because we don’t live morally perfect lives?
My friend, you would be delighted to know that the answer is less complicated than you think. The key is in the previous verse:
James 1:5 (NKJV)
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him
God gives TO ALL who asks of Him. Many times as we look at other people’s lives we are tempted to think, “Yes maybe God will give to brother so-and-so because they are good Christians. Maybe God will give to sister so-and-so because she prays much more than me.” But the Bible clearly tells us God gives to all! And God does not give as we do. How does He give?
- Liberally (This is the Greek word “haplos” which means generously) and
- Without reproach (This is the Greek phrase “me oneidizo” which translates “not with insult or reprimand”)
When we doubt the goodness of God’s Father Heart we start to become double-minded about God and His ways! Then our faith is up one day and down the next. We are driven and tossed around by our circumstances and our moods. I don’t know about you – but that is not the kind of person I want to be!
My friend, today you can ask God for wisdom because of what Jesus has done on your behalf at the cross – no matter what your situation is. His heart is to GIVE to you generously and without reproach! One way the devil will try and trick you is to put a question mark behind God’s goodness. Know that God’s intentions toward you are good. Your demand cannot use up God’s abundant supply – there is more than enough of God’s goodness to meet your needs today.
Why don’t you boldly ask Him now to give you the wisdom you need for this week? Know that He will give to you liberally and without reproach.