day two was huge for me this week. it definitely dovetails in with what God has been teaching me lately about stepping out in faith, and putting my money where my mouth is, so-to-speak. finally making it clear who i'm going to serve.
basically, James says hey: if you want wisdom, ask God. but believe that you're going to get it from Him. don't be a doubter. don't be double-minded. those kind of people are unstable.
honestly? i've thought of myself as unstable a time or two. not in a dangerous sense, but just so tossed and wayward sometimes, you know? sometimes we'll listen to whatever gets our attention fast enough. but God says to stop. to ask Him. and He will give us wisdom. generously, without finding fault.
other translations say "without criticizing", "without reproach", "you won’t be condescended to".
i was so encouraged by the fact that i can ask God for anything, as many times as i need to, and He will never get sick of it, i am never too much for Him. He just wants a two-way relationship with me. and He know i'm dust, He knows i'm prone to wander, He knows i need a Father and that's what He desires to be.
i don't want to be "unstable". i don't want to doubt. i just want to take God at His Word and do what He says.
i don't want one foot in the Word and one foot in the world anymore, you know? i don't want to formulate the just-in-case plan B if God's way and His wisdom doesn't work for me.
The Message [a paraphrase of the Bible] says it this way: "Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open."
this hit me so hard that i had to make a print. and i'm sharing it with you all in case you need the reminder too: