You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.
- James 4:2
The world is full of uncertainty and difficulties.
The nightly news is a constant reminder of our sinful nature and broken world. James tells us in this passage that when our desires do not align with those of the Lord, we go down the wrong road.
While murder seems a far-fetched idea for us, being envious or jealous most likely isn’t.
James is telling us that a seed of discontent can grow and cause issues in our lives and with those we love. Instead, he tells us to ask God for what we need.
While God is not a genie and doesn’t give us everything we ask for, He does gives us what we need.
The closer we are to the Lord, the more our desires align with His.
So today, do you trust God with your pain and suffering? Can you lean on Him to supply you with what you need, not what you want?
Do you believe that He has the best in mind for you?
Prayer: Lord, please steady my heart and calm my anxious thoughts. Fill my life with your best and help me to trust you in the waiting. Amen.