When you face a trial, do you yearn for wisdom 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? The Lord waits for you to seek and trust His wisdom.
James not only instructs you to pray for wisdom, but he tells you to pray to believe 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.” James says such a person is unstable in everything he does (James 1:8). God grants wisdom to a person who single-mindedly trusts Him. He has the clarity of mind to understand that without God’s wisdom, he will fail. When this single-minded person seeks God’s wisdom, he receives it generously.
Do you feel you have faith the size of a mustard seed, but your mountain won’t move? It is not your place to move your mountain. It is His. Focus on God's truth instead of your problem. When you were born-again, you received everything you need to live a victorious life. Your mind is where you believe what you have received. You have the power to trust Him. Seek to understand the truth of what you received when He saved you, and what He will accomplish when you believe Him. If you give all your energy to analyzing your problem instead of trusting 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). Your problem is never the real issue. Trusting Him is the real issue. “Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes,” Paul writes. “Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy” (Ephesians 4:23-24, NLT). When you daily decide to put on your nature, the Holy Spirit is able to renew your thoughts. He changes your perspective from half-empty to half-full. You realize that He created you to be like Him—righteous without the fear of failure. When you allow Him to change the way you think, He gives you wisdom without finding fault! You are empowered to handle anything that comes your way.
© 2019 Lynn Lacher