Daily Reading: James 1:5-8

Big Idea This Week:
When in doubt, start with what God says

Questions to think about:
Did you ever play the game as kids where you help someone else find something missing by either saying, “warmer, warmer” when close or “colder” when farther away?

Sometimes we try to play that game with God. We pray for guidance, but what we really want is God’s support for something we already have in mind. When it seems God is helping us toward our desired outcome, we cheer him on: “Warmer … warmer!” But when it seems he is veering away from the goal we want, we warn, “Colder … COLDER!”

When it comes to praying for guidance, prayers like that are just plain backwards. We’re not really asking God to guide us; we’re asking God to let us guide him. Instead of looking to serve God, we’re really trying to get him to serve us.James warns against this role reversal. When we ask for God’s guidance, we must have his goals in mind, not ours. And we must ask and believe that God will answer. We must steer straight to avoid being tossed about by the wind.

When you ask God to guide you, are you looking in his direction?

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