James 1:5-7 

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

There is wind that blows and stirs up the sea. Then there are the big waves that toss, and turn, and mix together. Altogether, it makes for a rough and violent ride, if you are a ship. One thing to remember though, is that although the wind blows in one direction, a ship can go in the opposite direction if the sails are set right; regardless of the waves.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox wrote, “One ship drives east, and one ship drives west, with the selfsame winds that blow. It is the set of the sails, and not the gales, that determines the way that we go.” There is a lot of truth in this thought. Even though a ship can be going in one direction, another ship can go in the opposite direction with the same wind; if the sails are set right. We can sometimes set our sails wrong, and wonder why we aren’t getting where we want to go.

Here we find James telling us to ask of God when we need the wisdom to maneuver life’s hard decisions. Ask of God the wisdom and the discernment, and He will give you what you need to handle these decisions and circumstances. You can’t just ask in faith, then doubt God’s willingness to help. Sometimes, a problem or situation arises because time goes on a little bit longer than you think it should. Without receiving an answer from God, you begin to doubt and start to act upon your own thinking. James says you should not even expect God to help you then.

When a ship isn’t anchored right, a storm will blow it wherever the wind and waves determine. Even in the same wind, a ship can set its sails wrong and go in the opposite direction it should. The wind blows and the waves toss, but if the ship is anchored right - and its sails are set right - it can continue in a direction; even through the toughest of winds and storms. It is like that in the situations and trials of life: if you ask something from God, and hold to faith without wavering; you will receive from God what you need - however many days, months, or years it takes.

Elijah sat by a dried up brook for a long time before the Lord answered him. Joseph sat in a prison cell for two years before the Lord brought him out. So must we learn to wait on the Lord, and not waver in what we ask from Him.

Set your sails in faith toward the Lord, and don’t waver, and the same wind that could dash you upon the rocks will guide you safely home.

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38 Now, if we lose faith, then we will never get a prayer answered by God. “For he that cometh to God must first believe that He is, and a rewarder of those that diligently seek after Him.” So, if we lose faith, our prayers are annulled; we get nowhere.

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