Don’t do anything.
My mind has been a teetering jumble of what-ifs and wonderings. I called a friend, who recommended one thing. I asked my husband, and he recommended the opposite. I found myself drawn to both sides, and at the same time unable to do a thing.
I laughed out loud when I got to James 1 and read about considering trials joy. Wasn’t I finding myself in the middle of one right now? What timing! But then I stopped laughing. Because I did find myself in the middle of a trial right now. I also found myself in these verses. And there’s nothing funny about it. Reading on, I toggled between translations of NIV, NLT and The Message. Each one drove the point home a little harder. All emphasis mine.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. NIV James 1:5-8
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. NLT James 1:5-8
If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open. The Message James 1:5-8
I’ve been “worrying my prayers.” I’ve been keeping my options open. And my loyalty is divided. I didn’t seek God in the issue at all, even though I thought about it a few times. I wanted to hear a voice; I wanted an answer NOW. It’s no wonder I find myself tossed about by various opinions.
Thank you, God, for your perfect timing–these verses waiting for me this morning. A quiet house so I can hear you clearly. Thank you, that I can ask of you now, and you will give generously without finding fault. Seeking you for advice.