Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 11, 2017
By Tripp Prince
If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. James 1:5
When we are young, we yearn for autonomy and self-sufficiency. We want to spread our wings and learn how to fly for ourselves, set free from the opinions and support of others. Interestingly, as we chart this brave new course, we all, sooner or later, realize that we simply cannot do it alone. We learn that the advice and support given to us by parents, teachers, and other authority figures wasn’t meant to stifle our freedom but to help us flourish.
Sometimes in life, we apply this juvenile quest for autonomy to our relationship with God. At one level we know he is always there, yet we manage to live as though he is mostly absent. We think we have to do it all by our own strength. We think he’s too busy taking care of bigger, more important things, and so we don’t even think to bother him with our prayers or needs. We think we have a limited number of requests that we can make, and so we save them for life’s major challenges. Thanks be to God, this simply is not true.
In God’s kingdom, autonomy and scarcity are replaced with relationship and abundance!
God wants you to know him and for you to feel the joy and love of being known by him. He wants to heal your desire for isolation and replace it with perfect intimacy and love. And as you enter into a relationship with him, you also learn that there is no end to his wisdom. There is no request too small or insignificant. He replaces our scarcity mindset with abundant generosity. In the Bible he tells us if you are in need of wisdom and guidance, simply ask! There is no end to his generosity, nor is the Lord bothered or upset by our frequent requests. His love and patience are deeper and greater than even our most pressing needs!
Every day is an opportunity to make wise choices. Each season of life is pregnant with possibility for Kingdom living. Yet genuine wisdom is a gift from God, and we must learn to humble ourselves and acknowledge our need. Turn to the Lord today and boldly ask him to fill you with his wisdom and new life. This is a prayer that he always loves to answer!
PrayerFather, by your Spirit’s work within me, help me to always turn to you for wisdom and guidance in my times of need, trusting that your love and care knows no end. Amen.
ApplicationWhere are you needing wisdom and guidance in your life? Have you intentionally sought the Lord in prayer, asking for him to lead you to a place of clarity and discernment?
Related ReadingPsalm 25:5; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Colossians 1:9
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