James- Day 38

Wednesday, October 19

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.  James 4:3

Of course the context for today’s verse is this- James is speaking to those who are at war/fighting with others.  He has said that the reason we have these arguments is because of our own sinful desires.  In verse 2 he stated that we haven’t even asked God to fulfill our desires in the first place and that is what has lead to all kinds of fights.

Today’s verse explains the objection that some might have had to yesterdays verse.  We might say, “Wait God- I have asked you for what I wanted and you didn’t give it to me?”  Today’s verse explains that when we ask and don’t receive often times it is because we are asking according to our desires only and not in keeping with God’s desires.

Remember how Jesus Christ prayed in the garden before He died.  “Father, if it be possible, please let this cup pass from me, nevertheless not my will but Thine be done.”  Jesus was asking the Father if there was a way that He could do the Father’s will without going to the cross, yet at the same time He stated that God’s Will would trump His own.

Often our requests are all about our desires and not about God’s desires. When this is the case we are saying, “God, my desires are more important than Your desires.  My desires are more important than your glory.”  That is a very bad place to be.

Application:

If you’re in a dispute with someone right now, think about why you are fighting in the first place.  What do you desire in this situation?  Is what you desire something that would glorify God?  Have you asked God for it?