I have done it myself, and watched others struggle with the same problems. When facing difficulties, we try using our own knowledge (human wisdom) to solve the situation. Often it ends up failing or the result is less than we hoped. Let’s look at the counsel from James.
“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). That is rather straight-forward instruction.
The first issue we face is admitting we lack wisdom. So often our pride gets in the way and prevents us from asking for wisdom. If we can solve a problem on our own, then we get the credit and our ego goes up. On the other hand, if we admit our deficiency and ask God for wisdom, then we will have the joy of doing things His way and seeing His glory increase.
The next challenge is asking God for wisdom “in faith, with no doubting.” I am afraid we often ask God for wisdom, but really want Him to use our way. That “is a double-minded man” and we cannot expect things to work out with God’s blessing. Through faith and humility, we can ask God for His wisdom in any situation and expect that He will give it at the right time, and the right way, and with the right result. It usually will not be our way, but we must be okay with that. Are you?
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