Christian Fellowship 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.

  1. Without reproach We are all needy people. Sadly, the reasons why we are in need are due to our own shortcomings. But when God comes to us and gives to us generously, He does not scold us because of our desperate condition. Rather He gives without reproach. Let us suppose your brother is in need. You have helped him many times and will have to do so again you are sure. You tell him that he ought to manage his affairs better and not get into these messes. If you do not tell him, he will think to himself, "It is very kind of him to give me the help, but really it is very humiliating to me to have to ask of him". God never does this. He gives to all without reproach. He never says, "You foolish sinner, when will you learn, I will forgive you, but....." There are no "buts" when God gives to those who ask. Fools we are, but let us not be so foolish as to not ask of God who gives generously and without reproach.

  2. The last encouragement, it will be given him. Is this phrase needed? We have already been told that if we lack wisdom, we should ask of God, who gives generously. Do we need this phrase, is not this already known? Were the words it will be given him not there wouldn't we already assume them to be there? Well, for the fearful heart, here these words are, in black and white. You are not left to wonder, infer, or suppose; it is written, it shall be given him.

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,