II JAMES 4
God is ever aware of our weaknesses. Because of this He declared His love for us by sending His Son to die the death of the Cross to offer us forgiveness for our foolish mistakes and sins. However, He has done even more to help us when our human weakness causes us to fail. In his discussion of temptation, James tells us that when we are faced with temptations that we cannot handle, God is ready to supply us with the wisdom we need to overcome the problem. The one condition is that we must place our absolute faith and confidence in Him. As in all things, because God created us to have a close personal relationship with Him, we must believe that He has all wisdom and that He loves us unreservedly. Only then can we have the personal relationship He wants. We must believe that He is wiser than we are and will only give us what is best for us. The wisdom He offers is in the Bible, the Book in which He sent His message of love to us. If you really read, study and place your faith in it you will get the wisdom from above to deal with any problem the earth man may have to face.
Because it is the key to our ultimate walk with God and therefore out ultimate salvation, I want to pause here to discuss this often discussed but seldom given the serious thought it should have, i.e., our personal faith. In this world, we are surrounded by intellectuals in our institutions of higher learning who are atheists or agnostics. They argue that it is illogical to imagine a God who can be in the far reaches of the Universe and yet can know the thoughts and intents of every human heart. We must admit that it is illogical using the limited knowledge we have in space and time. However, something has always existed. That we must all admit. People of faith simply say that it is more logical to think that what has always existed is spiritual and intellectual. The evidence lies in the perfect design of the Universe, run by inexorable laws, and by the existence of man, who can think creatively and logically. Man who also has a built in sense of right and wrong, i.e., a moral sense, which no animal possesses. What is illogical is to assume that what always has existed is matter which evolved into these intellectual and moral beings.
However, such faith must not be simply logical and academic. God is a real being who created us and loves us. He wants us to incorporate within us the qualities that Jesus exhibited when He walked the earth. He said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father”. The forgiveness God offers is to fill-in for our weakness and our mistakes, but we must want His forgiveness, and want to be with Him. That is why the Hebrew writer says God is the “rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”. That is why Jesus said the most important commandment was “Love God”. I worry about so many people I see who are “academic Christians”. They believe in God, but it does not affect their life. They are satisfied to go to church and carry out the rituals, but they do not take the presence of God with them as they leave, nor ask Him for guidance in the decisions of life. He is present with everyone who professes Jesus Christ, but unfortunately He is mostly ignored when we need direction as the world presses in upon us every day. This is why James is so insistent on this point. “Ask in faith, nothing doubting”, he says, and warns that one who does not will receive nothing from the Lord.
Peter promised on Pentecost that God’s Spirit would be given to all who accept Jesus Christ. This means that He is always present and available. Therefore, I should speak to Him often as I would a friend who rides beside me. We humans have a world of human desires thrown at us every day. No human can resist all of them. But if you really believe that what Jesus said is true, i.e., “I will be with you always”, and ask His help, knowing that He is there and hears, you will find it easier to deal with the daily problems and you will be happier and more peaceful at the close of every day.