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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Generous Wisdom

          When you face a trial, do you feel desperate and yearn for wisdom from God to handle it?  “If any of you lacks wisdom,” James writes, “he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given him” (James 1:5, NIV).  Do you feel overwhelmed by a hard circumstance and don't know where to turn? Turn to the Lord and ask for His wisdom. You will receive abundant insight to know what to do or not do in your situation.

Often we ask God why something has happened, and we don't hear an answer. We are not meant to know “why” in all instances. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9, NIV). God sometimes lets you know that you are not meant to know the reason something has happened. But when you ask in faith for His help, you can trust Him to give you divine wisdom to safely bring you through your circumstance.

          James not only instructs you to pray for wisdom, but he tells you to pray believing you will receive it. If you pray for wisdom and do not receive it, it is probably not because you do not have enough faith. The Word says that faith the size of a little mustard seed can move mountains. James identifies the problem as being “double minded”. Someone who is double-minded does not live for God, but expects God to answer his prayers. James says such a person is unstable in everything he does (James 1:8). God does not grant wisdom to a person who is double-minded. Such a person should not believe God is obliged to give him anything—let alone His infinite wisdom. On the other hand, when a single-minded person surrenders to God, and trusts in what the Lord imparts. His mind is stable. He surrenders his whole life to God, and lives only for Him. He is well aware that if he lacks God's support, he will fail. So when this single-minded person cries out to God for wisdom, He gives it generously.

          Do you feel you have faith the size of a mustard seed, but can't move your mountain? It is not your place to move your mountain. It is His. Focus on God's Word instead of your problem. Focus on His power and promise. If you give all your energy to your problem instead of seeking the Lord, you will be double-minded.

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast,” the Word instructs, “because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3, NIV). You become single-minded when you focus your mind and all your energy on Him. Your problem is never the real issue. Trusting Him is the real issue. When you completely surrender your life to Him, He generously grants you His wisdom to handle whatever comes your way. You learn that in quietness and trust is your strength (Isaiah 30:15).

© 2018 Lynn Lacher



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