If you don’t have all the wisdom needed for this journey, then all you have to do is ask God for it; and God will grant all that you need. He gives lavishly and never scolds you for asking. The key is that your request be anchored by your single-minded commitment to God. Those who depend only on their own judgment are like those lost on the seas, carried away by any wave or picked up by any wind. Those adrift on their own wisdom shouldn’t assume the Lord will rescue them or bring them anything. James 1:5-7 The Voice Translation
Wisdom often goes unappreciated. A close second to personal desire, but second none the less. We would rather be content with fulfilling the immediate needy plead of our hearts, than to seek a wise decision that might not provide such immediate satisfaction.
I have jumped into a decision many times without stopping to think about or consult the Lord for His wisdom. And yet His Word tells me that if I would just ask, He would give it to me.
I love what the book of James says: that we ask for wisdom, but the key is that our request be anchored in our single-minded commitment to God.
All too often I ask for wisdom, but what I’m really seeking is confirmation from God that what I want is okay with Him.
Rather than seeking His wisdom I am seeking His approval. And don’t get me wrong, His approval is a very good thing, but I want to go to Him with a mind open to endless possibilities. I want to offer myself in a humble place of complete surrender so I can hear what He has to speak to my heart.
What if there is something He wants to show me that wasn’t even on my radar? If I am looking for confirmation I might miss the blessing He has waiting for me. But if I am seeking His wisdom, plain and free of selfish motives, my ears are opened.
And just as I don’t want to presume upon the Lord to confirm the decisions I have already made, neither do I want to presume upon Him to take me out of dangerous situations and protect me from fires that I have lit myself.
It’s like texting while driving, and then expecting the Lord to protect me despite my gross irresponsibility. Perhaps He will protect me, but when I make decisions that are not wise, even something as seemingly unspiritual as texting and driving, I cannot expect Him to protect me. I hope He does. But He might allow me to experience the consequences of my irresponsible actions.
And so I want to seek Him on my decisions. Not just for confirmation but for wisdom. And I want to know He will rescue me. Because when I am in His will and dependent fully upon Him for wisdom, I will endure trials, but as a result my faith will blossom and grow. He will not allow the waves to wash over me or the fire to burn me.
And so if you are in a difficult time, and you don’t understand what is going on…you feel like your life is out of control and you need wisdom…ask the Lord. But ask with a spirit that is willing to stomach what He has to say. Leave your options open and surrender your heart in obedience to His Words and truth. Don’t let yourself get caught in a selfish decision trap that leaves you swimming without a lifeguard. And if you find yourself there, it’s never too late. Repent and seek His wisdom. The beauty of the Lord is that He is the God of second chances. When we mess up we are forgiven and can try again…and again.
Seek Him first…and you can more than assume He will have blessings in mind…even in the darkness.