James 1:7 – Time for a Mind Reset

For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;

According to verse 7, does the one who doubts in verse 6 receive wisdom if he asks for it?  To say no is to disprove the premise of verse 6, that God gives generously to those who ask, giving without reproach.  Does God give without reproach even to the doubter?  The one in the mindset of doubt will say no, the one in the mindset of faith says yes, that God upholds his promises and I believe it.

Turn the coin over.  What if this isn’t a God problem.  What if the problem in receiving wisdom lies within the fallen nature of man?  Now that seems more plausible.  God, being perfect, fulfills his promises while man, being flawed and needing to renew his mind, may not see that he has received the promise due to the obscurity he has in the mind as a result of the fallen nature.

We like to blame shift, but on this one, I see a man problem, not a God problem. This is why James says that the doubter should not suppose (think, believe, imagine) that he has received, not just wisdom, but anything from God.  This person who is doubting needs a reset of the mind.  He needs to stop operating out of two psychosis.  This man needs to operate fully from the new self, which is driven by the knowledge of Christ in him.

Therefore when one doubts, one needs to stop thinking all together about the relation between God and his blessings and refocus on the elementary principle of the Gospel, that he needs to repent, i.e. change his mind.

James 1:6 – My Pet Wave

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

According to James, people can be like waves.  Therefore I went to the pet store and asked to buy a pet wave.  They laughed me out of the store.  So I went to my front yard and caught one. He was just sitting there doing nothing.  In fact there were a whole bunch of them surrounding my koi.  The wave was easy to catch, let me tell you.  I snuck up on him like a tiger in eager patience for his next dinner.  When I sprung, I landed right on him and put him straight into his 20 oz cage.  I immediately named him Splash and we started training.  My first trick was to teach Splash to sit.  Unfortunately, the moment I let him out of his cage he fell apart and became divided and was no more.

The doubting man is like a wave of the sea.  He is driven and tossed by anything and everything that comes his way because he has no ability to be controlled from within.  James says that wind will toss the wave around.  It doesn’t take just wind to move water, a boat can cut a wave in half, likewise a sea gull can cause a wave to also be disturbed.

When one doubts, he does not operate from the power of faith in him which has the ability to control and steady him in the trials of life.  Like a wave he is controlled by external circumstances that toss him around.  Therefore he needs to return to belief and trust that God has given him the wisdom he needs to continue in his trial.

Now to go catch me a gust of wind. “(Whistle, Whistle), Come here Breeze.”

James 1:5 Ask and You Will Receive

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
“Excuse me sir, I just realized I left my moisturizing body wash and my head soap at home, and I used all of the complimentary hygenical supplies in my suite. Do you have any more I can have? I really need some. I am starting to smell and the other guests are beginning to notice.”  With eyes rolling, “I am so tired of you people coming un-prepared to my hotel.  I give away free bottles of shampoo all day long to people like you who do not know how to plan for a trip.  Here!  Enjoy!”
James makes sure you know (through repetition of a similar idea) that God, unlike the perturbed hotel employee, happily gives wisdom to all who ask by saying he gives generously without reproach.
The transition from the trials and testing James talks about to needing wisdom is logical.  James is letting you know that there is purpose in your hard circumstance, but you will need the wisdom of Christ to know the purpose in it.  But do not be ignorant, he has already alluded to the purpose by using the words “trials” and “testing”.  These words are similar and are used to reveal the true nature or character of someone.  Therefore you need wisdom to see that the trials and test are revealing your new life that is being lived out by faith.
We will not return to the hotel who treats us as if we are fools, on the other hand we look forward to our next visit to the hotel who treats us with compassion, giving generously without reproach, all of our needs for a comfortable night’s rest.
James point; return to God often asking for what you need to traverse your trial in order that steadfastness will grow, and he will give it.  Do not doubt that!

James 1:4 Perfectly Perfect…Perfect

And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
You learn in writing that synonyms are your friend.  They bring a splash of variety to your intended point.  For example, here are some synonyms to the word perfect:  full, complete, lacking nothing.  Yes I stole them from James.  How many different ways can you say perfect?  According to James, at least 4.
The point is, steadfastness, or the capacity to bear up under difficult circumstances results in perfection.  You are the workmanship of Christ.  He will complete his work ensuring that his work lacks nothing.  But to complete this work he must test his work (do you see the importance of synonyms, I should switch up the word work  because it is losing its effectiveness) to reveal the faith his work, I mean his masterpiece, has, so that his work (you) can be steadfast.
James is very concerned with you understanding the work being performed in you.  When you start off the epistle by understanding this, you can begin to interpret the rest of his book with this basis; you are a person of faith able to endure anything that comes your way if you allow the work of your Creator to have his full effect.
Therefore, by the perfection of the Spirit in you, be perfectly perfect as the perfect Son and the perfect Father in heaven are perfect, lacking in nothing.  I jumped the gun, as this is where James is heading, but I really wanted to see how many times I could say perfect in one sentence, not bad.