Skip to the back of the Book for the answer, right?
I would recommend reading the Epistle of James for a “let’s cut to the chase” approach to finding Biblical truth. This is the “Be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only” book of the Bible. The letter is written by the brother of Jesus, known as James (traditionally). He must have been a “shoot from the hip” sorta guy, as he wastes few words and makes his points clear, verse by verse.
Whenever I feel that I am losing myself in my Christian walk, I often end up with James. His approach to testing and temptation is so practical:
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. ~ James 1:5 NKJV
See what I mean? Wisdom is not elusive to those whose faith is being tested. But here is the key:
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. ~ James 1:6-8 NKJV (emphasis added)
So when I am feeling at a loss during trials of life, that means I forgot to humble myself and ask my Father in Heaven for the answers – Then thank Him for answering my prayer – and leave it there.
I once heard of a follower of Christ who prayed only once about any request or need. When asked why he didn’t pray longer, or repeatedly for the same need, his answer was, “Why bother to pray at all if I don’t have faith that God heard me the first time and will certainly answer?”
I tend to agree.
Recommend: Read James to get wised up on how the “Implanted Word is able to save your souls”. James is a short book of the Bible; just five brief chapters, but it packs a wallop on how to live a faith-filled life for God.
Thank you for following