Every so often I have to make a decision, and I really have no clue to begin. I find myself asking my husband his thoughts, calling my mother, or my best friend. Asking those in my Christ-loving community to pray. I write down pros and cons, and analyze the risks on both sides. After all that is done, if there’s still no clarity, I pray. It’s here that I often imagine God smiling down on me as He shakes His head at my stupidity. Not that any of those strategies are bad in and of themselves – they just are just in the wrong order!
James continues to encourage us today in James 1:5-7: “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. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything for the Lord.”
God wants us to come to Him when we experience a trial, a temptation, a struggle… He desires to have a relationship with us. He wants to give us wisdom – and not just in the form of answers. He wants us to have knowledge (of Him and the world around us); he wants us to think and act like Jesus. However, we often have to persevere first and gain some maturity in order to have this wisdom. We don’t want to just gain answers, but also see how God is moving or might be moving in a certain situation.
Today, I would encourage you to:
- Ask God how to handle something you might be struggling with now – it could be as simple as how to handle a task this week, or as complex as asking Him to show you glimpses of His plan for your future.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to prompt you when you start to doubt or when you run to something else first.
- Praise God for how He’s given you wisdom in the past and answered prayers.