Requests and trust, essential combination.

Jms. 1:5-8 “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to you. 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.”

It takes humility to admit we need help, that we don’t have all the answers, the wisdom that we need. When we approach God, the source of wisdom, humbly to ask him for wisdom he doesn’t shame or rebuke us for not already knowing – he gives his wisdom generously, abundantly, out of love for those who trust him sufficiently to ask.

When we acknowledge our lack of wisdom and humbly petition God, it is imperative that we have a believing heart of faith that trusts in him. Without that faith there is no connection between us and God and we are seeking mutually exclusive and conflicting goals. Without that stabilizing faith one navigates life like a wave-tossed rowboat, never really sure where they’re headed.

Then we resemble the woman who was unhappy with the view from her living room window. There was a hill between her house and a beautiful stretch of woodland. When she read Matt. 17:20 about faith like a grain of mustard seed being sufficient to move mountains, she asked God to move that mountain. When she arose the next morning and looked out her window she exclaimed, “Aha, just as I thought! It’s still there.”

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