What we really need in our trials is wisdom, and that is exactly what James 1:5 tells us to request from God. Instead of focusing on the circumstances and letting feelings overcome our faith, we must shift our thoughts to the Lord and confidently believe He’ll give us the wisdom we need, both to handle the situation and to grow from it. Giving in to doubts is dangerous, and it could develop into a lifestyle of spiritual uncertainty in which we’re “driven and tossed by the wind” (v. 6). When we handle our misgivings in this way, we’ll often make wrong decisions that are costly. How much better it would be to anchor ourselves to the Lord and His Word and ride out the storm in peaceful assurance.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 17, 2018.