Has your life been swirling around you and activities coming so fast and furious you can’t seem to keep track? Life has a tendency to turn us around and around and cause us to lose our focus on what is important. Whether or not it is furious activity or the doldrums, focus on the things of God tend to be put on the back burner. I am hoping that my summer blogs will help you to regain your focus and see the purposes that God has intended for you from the beginning. This year I have been involved in several studies focused on the Armour of God, by Priscilla Shirer, and prayer, Fervent. I would recommend both. Priscilla included a list of what we have in and through Christ as our inheritance and our identity. This summer, I invite you to come along with me as I blog about those things we can claim as our inheritance and those things that form our true identity in Christ. It will be an exciting and growing adventure for me and I hope for you as well.
James 1:5 from the Amplified Bible speaks of our inheritance, wisdom from God.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him.
God in His goodness will share His knowledge and wisdom with us if we will but ask. He will not blame us or put us down for not knowing the answer or the way. Unlike earthly friends and family, He is always good. I am reminded of Nahum 1:7 “The LORD is good a refuge in times of trouble, He cares for those who trust in Him.” God is good; it is an integral part of His character. We can trust Him and know that He will not give us bad advice or lead us in the wrong way. I don’t know about you, but it comforts me to know that God is willing to share His knowledge with me and guide me. How do I get that knowledge? That requires looking into God’s Word, praising and praying. If we are diligent and patient, God will reveal His perfect will to us. As my friend Iris always reminds me, ‘We need to wait upon the Lord for His answer’. It is the waiting that causes me to stress. We don’t want to be like Abraham and Sarah and run ahead of God’s perfect plan- we need to wait and follow His direction. How much time do you spend seeking God’s wisdom and guidance in prayer? I’m definitely asking myself that too. God tells us “We do not have because we do not ask. We do not receive because we ask with wrong motives.” James 4:2b-3 Prayer- honest, sincere, heartfelt is required.
One other thought, the Lord promises to give us wisdom generously. We won’t get just a little bit of wisdom but enough to do what God has for us to do.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for your great wisdom, generosity and willingness to share with me your perfect answers when I ask. Thank you that I can always trust you to give me exactly the amount of wisdom I require. Give me the faith to trust in You and to wait patiently for Your answer. Amen
Desiring to wait for God’s leading, He will give me wisdom as it is part of my great inheritance in Christ.