This last few weeks have been especially stressful ones. Nothing about our move to Wisconsin has gone according to plan – well my plan that is. In fact, some of the obstacles faced this past week were just plain illogical. If I faced these same circumstances many years ago, I’m sure I would have just thrown in the towel! But, I don’t rely solely on myself or anyone else anymore. I seek wisdom.
Where do you find wisdom for your circumstances?
When most of us are faced with difficult circumstances we seek the advice of friends and family. Sometimes the advice is great, other times not so sound. While I’m not suggesting that we should give up seeking the advice of those we trust, there is another way.
Seek your wisdom from Above
In the book of James, James writes to believers facing all types of trials and testing. James says this about wisdom:
Now if any of you lack wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5 HCSB)
Please don’t miss this next part. It is key:
But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
(James 1:6-7 HCSB)
So, there are two points here and one is more obvious if you read the entire first chapter of James (which you can do here).
The need for wisdom
If we face our trials without wisdom, we endure the suffering and miss the blessing – what God is trying to grow in us.
We cannot mature in our faith, and receive the blessings of strength, peace, and steadfastness if we don’t first seek His wisdom.
Wisdom backed by faith
Secondly, we need to trust God with our requests knowing that He has our best interests at heart. Often times, we ask the Lord for guidance, lose faith that He will answer according to our timeline and desires, and we hastily attempt our own solutions. This is where the real trouble begins. The Message words it like this:
Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open. (James 1:5-8 The Message)
Asking for wisdom is not a New Age idea of “believing” something into action. It is believing in The Person who can put anything into action. Nothing is impossible for Him.
So, as I face the rest of my week there are some major unknowns ahead for me and my family – like where we will live in thirty days. I suspect many of you have your own list of unknowns for the future. Let us go forth, and not “worry our prayers”, but rely on the one who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think … to Him be the glory forever and ever. (Ephesians 3:20).
Until next time,