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. James 1:5-6
Wisdom is knowing what to say or do with the knowledge that one has already. People know how to do many different things, but are not always sure of the best way to use that knowledge correctly.
People have sought wisdom for thousands of years in many different ways. There are many people who were philosophers on life and wrote books on how to be wise, some giving some wise wisdom.
Most people, when they become an adult, can think a back to some wise things that their parents had told them. Or they may remember some wise words that another person had told them dealing with some area of their life.
While this wisdom can sound good, it is not always the best and perfect wisdom. James tells the people that if they need wisdom, all they need to do is ask God. God is a loving and generous God and wants to give out His wisdom to those who ask.
His wisdom is perfect, because He is perfect. However, not everyone wants to accept His wisdom, because in the eyes of the world it does not look very good. The believer must ask and not doubt what God shows him, regardless of how crazy it may appear.
There are people who ask God for wisdom, but then reject it when they get it. They doubt that it is really the best wisdom possible. In this way they get tossed around, because they follow the wisdom of this world, and not that of God.
There will be times you will need wisdom in how to deal with a situation in your life. The first thing you must do is go to God and ask for wisdom. Know that God will answer you with the best answer. Then you must believe what God has told you.
Do not allow yourself to doubt the wisdom of God. He is perfect and has been around for all eternity. His is wise above the wisest person on this earth. God loves you and will guide you correctly.
I pray today that you will seek God for all wisdom; that you will trust God’s wisdom for your life; that you will believe all that God says; and that you will act upon God’s word to you.
Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:36
Jairus was trying to get Jesus come to heal his daughter. While he was talking to Jesus, some people came and told him that his daughter had died. Jesus told him not to be afraid, but to just believe.
When a person has a loved one who is dying, he is often filled with fear. Fear brings on panic. He is filled with panic that the person will not be healed in time.
People often run to the emergency room wanting the sick person to be taken care of immediately. When the ER personnel do not move fast enough, the person panics and gets upset. They are afraid that the doctors are not moving quick enough to take care of their loved one.
In this life people cannot fully see the big picture or the future. They cannot see what is going to happen next. All they can see is the present.
The future can often look bleak and dark with no hope. The doctor gives a diagnosis that is negative with no hope. The answer seems to be that there will only be death in the end.
Having no hope is often seen in sickness, but can also show up in the finances, unemployment, marriages, and many other areas of life. The world tells people to give up and quit because there is no hope. As with Jairus’ daughter, he was told to quit because she was dead.
In Christ Jesus, people have a hope that the world cannot see. He is the God of life and healing. God may not always reveal what is going to happen next, but a believer can know that it is for the best.
You can know the promise of God that He will provide for your every need. You can also know the promise that God will never leave you or forsake you. Know all the promises of God for your life.
All of God’s promises are based on His perfect love for you. With His perfect love in your life, it will cast out all fear. You have no reason to be afraid, no matter what is thrown at you in this life. All you have to do is just believe the promises of God. Trust God and believe what He said and you will not be afraid.
I pray today that you will know the promises of God; that God’s peace will be in your life; that you will not be afraid of anything; and that you will believe all God’s promises to you.
“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13
The author of Hebrews had just stated that a believer must not harden his heart like the Jews did in the wilderness. Now with that warning, he tells the believers to encourage each other so that their hearts do not get hardened.
What does he mean to encourage each other? It is to encourage each other to continue to serve God, to believe in Jesus. It is to encourage each other to continue to turn away from sinful ways.
When a person is running a long distance race, he often will need encouragement to continue to the end. There will be stretches that are difficult and may cause the runner to stop. There will be times when there will be a severe pain in the side causing him to want to stop the race. If there are people on the side of him encouraging him to keep going, he most likely will. The encouragement gives that extra boost to keep going correctly.
In life there will be many challenges you must face as a believer. The challenges of just life, nothing directly against God, such as paying the bills on time. These challenges have sometimes been so great that a believer stops trusting God because nothing is going right. This is where another believer must step up and encourage him to keep going.
There are also times when you or a friend may be facing temptations to go the wrong direction or do the wrong thing. This is where you must step up and encourage him or be encouraged to do the right thing.
This is not condemning the person, pointing out his wrongs, but encouraging to follow Jesus. Show love and Jesus to the person. This will encourage him to stay with and follow Jesus.
When encouraged like this, it will keep the heart from being hardened. It will keep you from falling into sinful practice. Keep your heart soft towards Jesus. Encourage others to keep their hearts soft towards Jesus.
Every day talk about Jesus and His Words. Continue to sing songs of praise around others. This will keep your heart and the hearts of others focused on Jesus.
I pray today that you will be encouraged to continue to follow Jesus; that you will be an encouragement to others for Jesus; that you will keep your heart soft for Jesus; and that you will not be caught up in sin’s deceitfulness.
“Unless you people see signs and wonders, Jesus told him, you will never believe.” John 4:48
Jesus was back in the town of Cana where He had turned water into wine. One of the royal officials had a son who was sick and dying. He begged Jesus to heal his son. At this point Jesus talks about their searching for signs and wonders in order to believe. He does heal the man’s son, and the man does start following Jesus.
Many people are searching for miracles. They want to see something visibly happen before they will believe in Jesus. They choose not to believe unless they see some type of miracle.
Some have prayed to God believing in God for a miraculous healing of a loved one. When that person dies, the person gives up on God saying He must not be real or not loving because He let that loved one die.
Although God does give signs and wonders, you should not be searching for them. Allow God to bring them to you. You can ask God to bring about that miracle, but don’t base your belief in Him off of whether that miracle occurs or not.
If you want a sign or wonder just look around you. All of creation is a miracle in itself. The stars and planets are a wonder. Life, itself, is a miracle. All of these things point to a God and a God who loves and cares for you. He wants to be involved in your life.
Any more signs and wonders being requested could be a sign of selfishness. Look in the Bible and read of the miracles there. Listen to the testimonies of others. These should be enough for you to believe in God.
Once you believe in God and are truly following Jesus, it is acceptable to ask for more miracles. Miracles should not be the basis of your belief. What will happen to your belief when God chooses not to do a miracle? Will you stop believing?
Believe in Jesus today. He has always been faithful and true. He will not fail you.
I pray today that you will believe Jesus for who He is; that you will not need miracles in order to believe; that you will see the miracles of all of creation; that you will tell of the miracles in your life to others; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.
“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” John 3:14-15
While the Israelites were wandering around in the wilderness, they complained and turned against God. God brought snakes upon them to kill them off. In order to stop this, God had Moses put a snake on a pole and lift it up. Whoever looked at that snake was healed. Jesus reminds Nicodemus of this piece of history and relates it to the Son of Man, who is Himself.
Early in His ministry Jesus was already pointing to the fact that He had to die on a cross. Jesus had to be lifted up on that cross to die for the sins of every person in the world for all time. Once Jesus died on that cross, all a person had to do was believe in what He did and he would be saved.
Nothing has changed since Jesus had spoken those words. The only way a person is saved is by belief in what He did.
Although in this passage Jesus is talking about being lifted up on a cross to die, there is another way He needs to be lifted up. He needs to be lifted up in exaltation. This is a lifting up in praise and talking about.
Every believer must talk about Jesus and what He did to everyone they come in contact with. You need to let other people know what Jesus has done in your life and what He can do in their lives.
He also needs to be lifted up in your own life. Jesus needs to be put first in your life. Keep in mind what Jesus did for you at all times. Know that it was His death on the cross that is saving you, not your works. Know that it is His Spirit that can change you, not yourself.
Are you lifting Jesus up in this world? Are you lifting Jesus up in your own life and heart?
I pray today that you will know the fullness of what Jesus did for you; that you will lift Jesus up in your own life; that you will lift Jesus up around all other people; that you will believe in Him and be saved; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.