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December 4: Need Wisdom? Just Ask!

Scripture

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

James 1:5

 

Reflection

Should I break up with her or not? We each face significant dilemmas and they weigh heavy on us because of the emotions attached to the decisions. We agonize deepest when we care the most. If we didn’t care, we’d make a quick decision.

Joseph was engaged to Mary when he found out she was pregnant. And her “story” that it was from God and an angel told her—unbelievable! The Bible is full of events that aren’t mere history; they are events from the lives of real people facing the same decisions and emotions we face today. Sure, the lifestyle might be different, but the visceral impact of life events is the same in any generation.

What dilemmas are you facing? Is there a decision on the horizon for you? College? Career? Family? Friends? Travel? Whatever you face, no matter how deeply involved you are or how much it hurts, God is there for you. If you need advice or wisdom, just ask him. He will be glad to give you advice. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help. God loves it when we depend on him.

But when you ask for advice, you need to be ready to set aside your preferences and do whatever God tells you. When people say their prayers “hit the ceiling” without a reply, they experience frustration that God isn’t answering their prayers. This can happen when we want God to approve our plans without being willing to listen to what he has to say. If you’re not interested in listening, God’s not going to bother.

If you have a heart that wants whatever God wants for you, ask for wisdom and he will freely give it. The more your relationship with God grows, the more the wisdom from above will naturally flow. God will show you what to do before you even ask!

 

Prayer

Lord, I come to you today asking for wisdom. There are areas of my life that are not functioning as well as I’d like so I hand them over to you. Please show me what to do in each of these areas. Please make it clear so I understand. I know an angel probably won’t appear on my doorstep, but I really want to know what you want me to do and I will do what you tell me, to the best of my ability. Thank you for leading and guiding me. I look forward to your answers and the wisdom I need to live for you.

 

Divine Guidance

 


 

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