“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
We live in the midst of great confusion and uncertainty. On the national levels the economic crisis still raises its head. Some countries appear to be managing the process of recovery fairly well, whilst others are in still in need of help. There is political uncertainty in some, violence and unrest in others, wars and disputes, widespread reports of corruption and immorality, and an almost indecent obsession with sport, sportswomen and sportsmen, and entertainers. The world of fantasy and entertainment is overshadowing the real world of pain and confusion. Even the churches appear to have somewhat lost their direction. There are plenty of opinions but, it seems, very little wisdom. Within all of this the everyday people have to try and make some sense of their own lives, their own pain and distress, and their own future.
Into this cauldron of uncertainty God speaks through James and says, “if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
It seems so simple and so obvious, and yet is so ignored. One of the reasons why we do not see more appeals to God in this way in the public arenas is that we do so little of it in the private and personal areas. And yet it is vital.
Solomon had it right when, in response to God’s promise to give to him whatever he wanted, he asked for the wisdom to enable him to lead and rule the people. God was so pleased with his response that He blessed him in other areas as well. We find too that the Prodigal Son made a hopeless mess of his own life and was in a desperate situation until ‘he came to his senses’ and went home to ask his father for help.
The wisdom that God will give to us will enable us to identify the problem areas in our lives, learn how to address them, and guide us forward. It will also challenge us in regard to our relationship with Him, which is often at the heart of the problem. It is unlikely to result in a ‘quick-fix’. We often make the mistake of asking for help – a miracle – rather than for the wisdom and guidance to enable us to take the next steps along the Way. Sometimes we will have to be patient as He works in His way and to His timing – and sometimes the Way may take us through rather than around a situation. Having said that if we involve God He will certainly surprise and delight us in some ways, as He takes a hand.
Look to your relationship with God. Soak in the Scriptures. Bring your life to God in your prayers. Ask Him for wisdom, guidance and the ability to discern His responses. Trust Him a little bit more! Keep praying.
Father Almighty, please help me in my life. Give to me Your grace and wisdom – particularly in these areas………….. Help me to trust You, discern Your guidance and teaching, and to live accordingly. In Jesus name. Amen.