Living for the Glory of God ~ Vivir para la Gloria de Dios

A Giving God ~ A Devotional From James 1:5

Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God – who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly . . . ~ James 1:5
Explanation of the Text: Does it not seem remarkable that God gives without hesitation and reproach? This is more astounding when we consider our depraved state. We, humans, are conditional people. Frequently we will only meet the needs of others when there is a benefit for us (i.e. a tax deduction, a good feeling, or recognition). In our relationships, we extend a hand of friendship only to those who meet our desires and expectations. Even marriage is treated as a contract, not a covenant, with a list of party obligations to be fulfilled for the contract to be enforced.
God, however, is gracious and merciful as seen through his willingness to give. In the context of these verses, we see that God specifically gives wisdom to those who are lacking (something we will address more in a later devotional). His character is seen through his generous nature.

Examination & Application of the Text: God’s character demands a response. If a person truly knows who God is, they would respond to him based upon that relationship. Anything apart from love and adoration is indicative of not truly knowing Him through an intimate relationship. As James writes to encourage believers to persevere through trials, he reveals who God is. It is important for readers to not miss the implications of this in the midst of James’ exhortations. From these few words, we see that God is a loving God who is worthy to be trusted. It demonstrates his compassion and care over believers by enabling them to live skillfully and sensibly through his gift of wisdom.

Questions to Consider:

  1. How would you describe God? How does James describe God here?
  2. Why is who God is so important to our relationship with Him?
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