If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubt is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
James is talking about God’s wisdom that enables us to endure trails joyfully.
Enduring trial with joy goes against our natural inclinations. When trials hit, we’re all prone to ask, “Why is this happening to me?” But that is usually the wrong question.
Sometimes, God graciously reveal to us the reason for our suffering, but not always. How can I understand this trial from God’s perspective? How can I navigate through this storm in such a way to bring glory to God? How can this trial help me to grow in maturity? Someday in eternity, God will likely make it clear why Christians suffer, why something terrible was allowed to happen.
It is as God once said in Isaiah 45:9, “Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ His ways are beyond human comprehension but clearly He does have a purpose in suffering and so he prepares us to endure it joyfully. As God tells Isaiah, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah. 55:9).