If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
[James 1:5-8]

How many times have you gone to God asking for wisdom?
God…grant me wisdom.”
Help me to understand what to do.”
Guide me.

I have uttered those prayers many times.  I have asked God to lead me.  I have asked God to give me wisdom  The problem is that God wants to do this and when God does we often times don’t listen, believe or trust.  I think it is because that we don’t like the answer we get.

Really God?  That’s what you want me to do?
I can’t do that.
That is going to be too hard.

Sound familiar?

Imagine if we actually listened and trusted God when we prayed those prayers.
Imagine all that we could accomplish for the glory of God if we used the wisdom that God has for us.

Believe it or not, God knows what God is doing.  God has been around the block a few times.  God sees the whole picture (and we don’t).

So pray and believe…

…and imagine….and then pray some more…and listen…and trust…and then do.

God will be faithful.

edh -|—

2 thoughts on “Ask

  1. Thank you, Pastor Eric, for blogging again! I enjoy reading your posts. I will comment here, as I was having difficulty replying on the website (slow dial-up).

    Your “ask” message is so true. The older I get the more I realize my need to ask God often for wisdom…and the more wisdom He gives me. When we don’t seek God’s wisdom, as individuals, church bodies, a nation, etc., we stumble and fall trying to do things by our self-determined perceptions.

    Some familiar Bible verses that immediately came to my mind are:

    Proverbs 3:6 (NIV) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowlegde him and he will make your paths straight.”

    Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV) “Ask and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

    John 16:13-15 (NIV) ” ‘But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.’ ”

    I have learned from past experiences to listen to my conscience – that is, the Holy Spirit within me. When I feel uncomfortable with a decision I am trying to make, that is His way of telling me that my decision is not His will. When I give up on my self-guided intentions and follow what He is leading me to do, then the “peace of God that passes all understanding” floods my soul and I know that I am making the right decision – following His will and way, not mine. God always knows what is best. I have also found that when I have not sought and followed His wisdom and then stumbled and fallen because of following my own wisdom, God was still faithful in using that wrong decision for a good purpose, turning me toward Him and making me see my need to seek and follow His ways.


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