Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 25, 2017
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt. James 1:5-6
How do we make the best decision? We ask God. We ask the One who has all knowledge and who has our best interests in mind. Our loving heavenly Father does not want us to lack anything necessary for His will for our life. Because He loves us so much, He gives us so much! The nature of our loving Father is He cannot not be generous when His child asks Him for good gifts. Our best decisions come when we first seek the heart of Jesus and find out from Him what is best.
James writes from a Jewish worldview which keenly understands the contrast between God’s wisdom and man’s folly. Wisdom from God is not just an intellectual exercise to procure all the facts and analyze the probable outcomes. The wisdom of God is based on the fear of God. With bowed head in a holy hush our spirit communes with the Holy Spirit to hear what to do and how to carry out God’s will. Not self-reliant cleverness, but desperate dependency on Christ. We lack wisdom because we are not all wise and our perspective is imperfect, so we trust our perfect Savior to give us what we need. When we humbly ask, believing, Jesus gives with no regrets!
“This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words” (1Corinthians 2:13).
What uncertain decision faces you? Stay or go? Help or don’t help? Move or don’t move? Date or don’t date? Marry or don’t marry? Invest or don’t invest? One thing is for certain, Christ wants what’s best for you, so rest in Him. Make sure to settle your emotions, so you are not reacting out of anger or seduced by success. Your past decision-making process may be lacking for your current, more complex situation. Questions are a good guide to wisdom. What is God’s heart? His timing? What is best for everyone? What is my motive? What am I learning? Am I prepared?
Most of all, lean into the Lord for understanding, insight, and discernment. Look for Him to speak through your spouse, your financial limitations, objective advisers, your capacity and above all, God’s Word and the leadership, teaching and peaceful comfort of the Holy Spirit. Your best decisions are birthed when conceived by Christ’s wisdom, so stay intimate with Him. Your lavish love relationship with your Lord will procreate a community of wise decision-making. Man’s wisdom will question and criticize but remain confident in Christ, He directs your course.
“It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30).
PrayerHeavenly Father, I need You and Your wisdom, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ApplicationWhat decision am I facing where I need to slow down and seek my Savior’s heart?
Related ReadingJob 28:28; Psalm 111:10; Daniel 2:23; 1 Corinthians 1:17-30, 12:8
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