Don't Bet On It.
by Jason Cruise
James 1:5 tells us that any man who wants wisdom from the heart of God simply must ask in order to get it, and God will certainly grant the request. However, James qualifies the issue by telling us that "he must ask in faith without any doubting ... for that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways." (James 1:6-8)
Usually when a man asks for wisdom, it's about a specific situation. Did you notice, however, that James says that a doubting man is unstable in not just one situation, but in "all his ways." A doubting, unstable man cannot be trusted. Do you hitch your wagon to someone who is forever reacting emotionally, always changing their mind, and never following through? Of course you don't. It's not wise.
An unstable man is not just unstable, he's unwise. His doubting nature causes him to constantly be "tossed around" with indecision and lack of faith. Therefore, he can ask for wisdom, but he won't get wisdom, because, frozen by indecision, he'll simply waste it.
Wisdom is a two-fold process. You ask for wisdom, and then you also ask that God would give you courage to follow through on what is revealed. After all, what's the point of God giving you direction if you fail to follow through? When you ask, ask God to reveal the next step, and when He does, do it, even if it doesn't seem logical. Do it, and do it in faith. Show the Lord that you are not a doubting man. Enter the situation with that sort of resolve, and you can be sure God will light your path.