Without Finding Fault

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5 NIV)

I know we are kind of in the middle of looking through Jesus’ parables, but I wanted to share something that caught my eye today while studying James.

When discussing giving, someone always seems to bring up the “what if” questions:

  • “What if they use my money to buy drugs/cigarettes/alcohol?”
  • “What if they don’t really need it?”
  • “What if they take advantage of me?”

These types of questions have always made me feel uncomfortable.  While I could never justify enabling a destructive habit or addiction, how can we ever really know someone’s true intentions, especially if they are a stranger we haven’t met before?  Only God can judge the motives of the heart (1 Cor. 4:5).  To me, the “what-if” questions always sounded like excuses, though I wasn’t sure how to counter them.  Today, during my study, I found my answer in James 1:5 (NIV):

“…God, who gives generously to all without finding fault…”

Without.  Finding.  Fault.

Can you imagine what that means?  It means God isn’t sitting up on His throne saying, “But I can’t give him that! He’s just going to do something stupid with it!”  And God knows our intentions; sometimes even we don’t know our own intentions!  But He “gives generously” anyway.  He gives to the “good” and the “bad”, and doesn’t even ask for references, never mind do a background check.

So here’s a new “what if” question for you.  What if we gave as generously and as freely as God gives, without finding fault with anyone?  What if?