1996-10-08 - Spurgeon
Continuing with Spurgeon on James 1:5
A short Spurgeon Bio: Converted at the age of 16 after reading a copy of Pilgrim's Progress, he became a Baptist minister at 18. Several years later he took a sparsely attended London church and turned it into a 6000+ member congregation. Over 2,200 of his sermons were published before his death and 1,600 after. He was responsible for planting 48 churches in London. He founded a pastor's college and an orphanage. His main concern was for lost souls, "I would rather be the means of saving a soul from death," he said, "than be the greatest orator on earth."
James 1:5, "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him."
Encouragements-comforts 3, 4 of this verse.
Lastly, I would like to comment on the phrase, if any of you. Some may not realize that, "any of you"; means you. It is all inclusive, the only requirement is that we ask of God. Lets suppose there is a soup kitchen with a sign in front that says, "If anyone is hungry, come on in" No one would not go in because they did not feel like the sign was intended for them. The sign is very clear, "If anyone". Believer, if God had intended to shut you out, His Word would not be so open ended and inclusive. You have every encouragement to come to God in prayer, to ask of Him. He invites you to ask of Him wisdom and then He promises to give it to you. Nothing could be clearer.
Soli Deo Gloria,