Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
These are my verses of the day. Was feeling a little rejected today, and when I prayed about it this passage popped into my head. I have always loved the first part. I have truly seen that trails and hard times can be counted as joy and they do help us to grow and mature as Christians and as people. They make us more compassionate and definitely stronger. I have also been blessed know that God gives wisdom to ANYONE who asks without looking at our faults. What an awesome promise is that????
As much as I love those parts that is not what jumped out at me today. Instead the end caught my attention more than it ever has before. The part about doubt. It actually says a man who doubts is unstable and should not expect to recieve from God! It is amazing how much faith has to do with our walk with the Lord. The faith to accept Him, the faith to follow Him when so many others are headed in the opposite direction, the faith to go when we don't feel ready or say yes when it seems to hard, and then the FAITH to believe when it doesn't look so good. The faith to trust during the darkest of night. Lord help us not to doubt. Help us to cling to you that you might be able to bless us!