Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
This verse seems so easy to practice when life is going well and the sea is calm. When I was a child it was easy to wake up every morning and trust that everything was going to be okay, but as I have grown up, the waves have begun to build and slam against the boat, threatening to wash me over.
I know, through scripture, that Christ is the only one who can calm the storm to a whisper, but in my heart I find myself doubting. I want to trust the Lord in everything but when I see the wave swelling up I begin to doubt.
James continues to say... But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
I don't want to be this man... Pray for me that I praise the Lord in His leading, regardless of my understanding for He is able. Pray that I keep my eyes stayed on Jesus, resting always in Him. Pray that I consider it all joy through these times of trial.
Thanks so much for your prayers.