The Gospel for Real Life

Living Theology Thoughts

This past Sunday (8/14), I preached on James 1:5-8.  One of the members of Ventura talked to me and brought out a point in the text that I thought was very encouraging.

In verse 5, James says that if we lack wisdom, we are to ask of God for that wisdom.  Then in verse 7, it says that the doubter should not expect to receive anything from the Lord because he is the the billowing sea.  It is very interesting and beautiful how James brings together the thoughts on God the Father and the Lord Jesus in verses 1, 5 and 7.  God the Father and God the Son are one.  We are commanded to go the Father for His good gifts, and it is through His Son that we receive them!

This is a similar point that I made in Psalm 2:8.  The Father says to the Son to ask of Him and He will give.  Then, in the New Testament we find exhortations to ask of the Father and we will receive.  I see two clear truths in this, 1) The Father gives gifts towards the Son, and 2) the Son calls us to trust in Him so that the Father will treat us like He does the Son.

The applications are many-faceted and astounding, and we can be confident that God will teach us these truths if we go to Him without a double-mindedness about Him.  Therefore, ask God for wisdom as you meditate on these truths and find hope in the Anointed One, the Lord Jesus (Ps. 2 & Jas. 1:1, 7).

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3 responses

  1. It was indeed a great message both content and delivery!
    Funny you used the phrase, “The Gap between God’s promises and our experience”; I have a workshop called, “Closing The Gap”. As you spoke, I wrote down four key Words that provide the means for maximizing our moments in the journey with Him: knowing, let, ask, and faith. In short, our perception runs everything; we KNOW that there is a reason for the trial… our growth. Knowing that, we LET it work on us and in us all the way through… positively. As it begins (a first resource and not a last resort), we ASK for His wisdom, and we ask in FAITH; we believe He is in it and is providing everything we need.
    Thanks for STANDING IN THE GAP in these wishy-washy times!

    August 19, 2011 at 3:51 pm

  2. hotshot bald cop

    This made me laugh for a long time.

    September 1, 2011 at 8:26 pm

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