You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder. James 2:19
Belief in a god is very common all around the world. At least half of the people of the world believe in at least one god, many will believe in more than one. Others believe in the possibility of a god existing, but are not absolutely positive.
Most of the people leave their level of belief at just that level, just believing and nothing more. It does not have much of an effect upon their daily living.
As James talks about doing good deeds and faith, he tells the people that it is good that they believe in one God, but it is not enough, because even the demons do that–and shudder.
Believing in one God is an easy thing for a person to do, but very commonly it does not change the way a person lives, thinks, acts or speaks. Even though they believe, they do not realize the authority and power of God, and thus believe with a flippant attitude. The demons know who God is and are fearful.
Sadly, this type of belief in God is a common occurrence within the church. People go to church, sing the songs, hear the sermon, then go home back to their sinful lifestyles with no thought about God in their minds or actions.
Actions are what proves a belief. A person can believe that a chair will hold him, but if he never sits on it, he really does not believe.
One must believe in what Jesus did to be saved, but then he must act upon that belief by doing good deeds out of love for Jesus and what He did and love for others. He must realize that without working for God, there will be a judgement against him in the end.
If you have chosen to believe in Jesus that is great. Now ask yourself what are you doing with that belief.
Do you realize who God is and the power and authority that He has over your life and this temporary world? Or do you think that He is just the good man upstairs?
Allow who God is to change you from the inside out. God has great works for you to do, if you will trust Him and obey Him, not just believe in Him.
True belief will bring about change and action.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know who God really is; that you will know God’s authority and power; that you will obey God with all of your life; and that you will be changed by knowing who God is.
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. James 1:6
All around the world there are millions of people seeking wisdom. They want to know what is the best way to accomplish or avoid something. Books, people and spiritual things are consulted to find that wisdom.
Yet, in all the searching, many of those same people doubt a lot of what they are told or shown. As they doubt one thing, they move on to something different.
James opens his letter telling people that all a person must do to get wisdom is ask God, but in the process of asking to believe and not doubt. The person who doubts is like a wave, being tossed all about.
In the same way people doubt the information that they are given, many believers also doubt the wisdom that God gives. What God speaks is often heard, but rejected because it does not make sense, or there is pain involved, or it goes against normal ways of doing things.
Doubting what a person says makes sense, because people will fail and make mistakes. No person can fully see the full picture of life, past, present and future as God can.
God can see everything and understands it all perfectly. He knows what is best in every situation for every person involved. In knowing this so perfectly, God is able to give a person perfect wisdom in dealing with each and every situation in his life.
Believers who doubt God’s word will never believe anything, by God or by man. The doubter will keep searching for wisdom, even when perfect wisdom was given, because it does not fit his feelings at the moment, so he must never doubt God’s wisdom.
As with every person, you have situations in your life that you need wisdom in knowing how to deal with them. Before seeking wisdom among people and books, take time to ask God for that needed wisdom. God is waiting for you to ask and is more than willing to give it.
Upon hearing God speak wisdom into your life, you must immediately choose to believe it and act upon it. Do not allow the world’s ways of thinking to cloud your mind and cause you to doubt God’s word, but believe with no doubt.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek the wisdom of God for every situation in your life; that you will believe in and trust the wisdom of God; that you will not be tossed by every belief of the world; and that God will give you strength to move forward with the wisdom He provides you.