Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
since he is a double-minded individual, unstable in all his ways. James 1.8
Our theme this month has been a new creation. This verse at first seemed to be out of place to me. The context is prayer, specifically prayer for wisdom. We all need wisdom. James tells us that God gives wisdom generously to those who ask for it. Many people who are new Christians struggle with the changes that need to be made in their lives. If we are honest, it is not only the new Christian. Many of us who are older in the faith can sometimes struggle with the very basic things in our walk. Perhaps that is because when we get away from the basics it is very easy to walk down the wrong path. James tells us that when we ask for wisdom it must be accompanied by faith in the one who makes the request. If not, we have the above situation. A double-minded individual. Sometimes following. Sometimes trekking down the wrong path. Changes. They have to be made. We have to stop believing in everything that comes along and stick to what is true. We have to practice wisdom. Wisdom comes by asking God and then seeking it. Where do I seek wisdom? I have to seek wisdom by listening to the one who is the source of wisdom. I have to listen to God, not in some mysterious way, but by reading his word as if it were as important to me as my daily food. That will produce a faith that is steadfast and true!