True Faith Asks For Wisdom
Last Week, our focus was on James 1:2-4.
Do you remember what is necessary to persevere through trials?
Check out your notes if you can’t remember! Reviewing is a wonderful tool to help us remember.
Today, we will focus specifically on v5-8, by reading these verses with a questioning mindset.
Why Did James Write to His Brethren?
As we go into the 4th week of our discovery, you should be able to answer this. If you can’t remember it is a touch away in the OVERVIEW. As you work through your discovery this week keep James’ purpose in the back of your mind.
As We Open the God’s Book, Let’s Pray
O LORD, we come to You, asking that You teach us your ways so we will walk in Your truth, (Psa 86:11). Thank you so much!
Go to the LEARN/LIVE SectionOpen the Deeper Discovery
Scan the #4. LEARN Question.
To stay focused, what do we want to concentrate on?
Now, Let’s LOOK at What God Says.
Before we begin, did you consider the CONTEXT?
CONTEXT is the setting that rules interpretation. See the Context Tutorial.
We need to keep in mind what Jam 1:2-4 was about in order to help us determine the meaning of the next few verses.
Understand the CONTEXT for these verses is trials, thus we are LOOKING at what we need in the midst of our trials.
Let the App lead us in our discovery. What does it suggest? Where shall we begin?
Let’s Read the next paragraph, James 1:5-8, asking the 5W’s and H.
Why don’t you try it on your own first? And then if you get stuck, I’ll help you out.
if WHO? if any of you
WHO is the ‘you’? (the brethren)
If any of you (brethren) WHAT? lacks wisdom,
lacks wisdom WHEN? (the context is in the midst of any trial)
WHAT is he to do? let him ask
ask of WHO? of God,
Ask God for WHAT? wisdom
(Do you see what we need?)
WHAT does God do? God gives WHAT? (wisdom)
God gives wisdom to WHO? to all men
HOW does God give wisdom? generously
HOW else does God give wisdom? without reproach
WHAT happens WHEN one asks? it
‘it’ is referring to WHAT? (wisdom)
wisdom will be WHAT? given to him
‘him’ WHO? (the one who asks)
let him ask God HOW? in faith without WHAT? any doubting,
WHY must he ask without doubting?
for the one who doubts is like WHAT?
the surf of the sea driven
is WHAT else?
tossed by the wind.
(Do you see what is contrasted with faith?)
(Do you see what a doubter is compared to?)
v7 WHAT is the result for a doubter?
Let not the doubter expect that he will WHAT? receive WHAT? anything from WHO? the Lord.
v8 HOW is the doubting man described?
Being a double-minded man,
WHAT is the result of being double-minded? unstable in all his ways.
Great job! Are you getting the hang of it? Do you see the value of asking questions?
Now, let’s stop here for just a second. Scan the Discovery LOOK Section.
What else does the App lead and guide us to do?
Meditate on God.
What do you see about ‘God’ who is always Key?
As you begin to get to know God and His ways, you might begin to make a list about all you are learning about God in your Notes section.
Reflect on trials, wisdom, faith, doubt.
What do we need in trials?
What are we to do?
You want to watch for Contrasts and Comparisons. The author will point out differences and similarities to help shed more light and understanding on the idea he is trying to get across.
TIP: Remember tap anything in COLOR to get directions or more information.
Contrasts are of things that are opposite/different, indicated by the words: but, however, never-the-less.
Comparisons are of things that are alike or similar, indicated by the words: like and as.
STOP and THINK:
- What is being contrasted? Why?
- What is the comparison?
- What is the point James is making?
- The Contrast is: Faith versus doubting.
- The Comparison is: The one who doubts is like the surf of the sea tossed by the wind. Have you seen the surf of the sea when tossed by the force of the wind? What is it like?
What Did We LEARN?Let’s Sum It Up!
- In a trial we need wisdom;
- We are to ask God for wisdom in faith;
- God will give wisdom generously and without reproach;
We also LEARN in contrast:
- A doubter, is opposite the one with faith.
- A doubter with no faith then means he doesn’t believe.
- A doubter is compared to the surf that is tossed by the wind.
- A doubter then is unsettled, not consistent.
- A doubter is double-minded, unstable.
View the #4. LIVE Question
- When facing a trial, who do I run to?
- Do I ask God for wisdom?
LIVE it out…Respond to God!
Oh you are hearing from God! And discovering Truth for yourself!
Do you see that your education or lack thereof (that’s me no degrees!) isn’t the issue! It is a matter of setting your heart on knowing God and discipling yourself to achieve that goal. Kay Arthur
Let’ Call It a Day!
“I will meditate on Your precepts And regard Your ways. I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word,” (Psalm 119:15-16).
Meditate today on needing wisdom in your trials. Ponder that God gives wisdom generously and without reproach to those who ask. What a marvelous, wonderful promise! Let this soak in, soak in down deep!
Don’t Forget to Journal Your Discovery in Your Notes.
Did you have any questions? Put them in your Notes. Ask God to answer them. As we continue digging, He will answer every single one of them!
I cannot stress enough to make a list on God. This will be a tremendous resource for you to go back to, and aid you in praising Him and praying according to Truth. You will be so glad you did!
OUR GRACIOUS HEAVENLY FATHER, we praise You! Oh we praise You, and we thank you for giving us Your Holy Word. Oh thank you for the simplicity and richness of Your Holy Word. Thank you for taking us into a deeper understanding of our trials. Thank you for showing us that we need wisdom when You shake us in our trials. We need Your wisdom to obey You and Your Word, responding as we should! Oh Father, may we grip this simple Truth, that we are to ask You in faith for wisdom. Oh Father, I ask that each of us would get into the habit of running to You, and not man! May we be ever so dependent upon You, asking You at every turn for Your wisdom. Thank you Father God. We ask these things in the precious name of our Lord Jesus. Amen!
Can’t wait to see you tomorrow to see what God teaches us.
Tomorrow: LOOK @ God’s Wisdom in James 1:5-8.
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