This week we are privileged to hear from Lori Hatcher as she shares an excerpt from her recent book, Refresh Your Hope, 60 Devotions for Trusting God With All Your Heart. The link to this book is at the end of the post and I know you will be blessed by ordering and reading this amazing devotional. Here's Lori:
God of Wisdom
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.
I suspect if someone asked, “Who’d like to be mature and complete in your faith,” most of us would wave our hands wildly and yell, “I do! I do!”
But when we discover the route to maturity winds through the wilderness of trial? “Uh, no. Never mind. Maturity’s overrated.”
Trials are especially good at revealing areas of spiritual immaturity and our need for godly wisdom. During my daughter’s turbulent adolescent years, I found myself on my face before the Lord crying out for wisdom almost every day. Challenging patches in my marriage motivate me to seek wise counsel and resources. And when times of conflict threaten our ministry, we pray, fast, and seek God’s will about how to proceed.
Almost forty years into this Christian life of mine, I still need to be reminded that God freely offers me His wisdom.
“If any of you lacks wisdom,” James wrote, “you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (1:5).
It’s no coincidence that James declared God’s glorious, hope-filled promise smack dab in the middle of a life-is-hard-but-God-is-good pep talk to the Jews scattered abroad because of persecution.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2–4).
I tend to look at trials as bad—and they would be—apart from God’s sovereign purposes. From God’s perspective, however, trials enter our lives only with His permission—and only to accomplish His will. Part of His will is that we persevere, mature, and seek His wisdom.
These aspects of trials can bring deep and abiding joy. But first they bring pain, and we don’t get to opt out. “In the world,” Jesus warned, “you will have tribulation” (John 16:33 esv).
But we do get to choose how we respond to trials. We can seek God’s wisdom, or we can attempt to figure them out ourselves.
Before I had a relationship with Christ, I’d tackle trials with everything I had. It never occurred to me to ask God for insight or direction. Sometimes I fall back into this mindset. I leave God out of the equation until I’m desperate. Only when I’ve exhausted all my wisdom and resources do I cry out to God.
James, the brother of the Lord, suggests another way—a better way. Ask God for wisdom. Then believe what He tells you (James 1:5–6).
Knowing God promises a sure and steady source of wisdom for times of trial gives me the hope I need to persevere.
But what does God’s wisdom look like? And where do we find it?
The first and most obvious source is the Bible. But we can’t just throw open its cover like an emergency tool kit, fumble around until we find something that looks like it might work, and duct tape it to the problem. We gain God’s wisdom through a sincere and diligent search.
Proverbs 2:1–5 describes it this way:
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
A second source of God’s wisdom comes through prayer. I discovered that if I bathe my Bible reading in prayer, God often speaks to me through my reading for the day. He also speaks through sermons and biblical messages, and the voice of His Spirit in my heart. Sometimes I forget to listen and spend all my time talking. “God, you’ve got to fix this. Lord, show me what to do. Father, I’m so confused, frustrated, anxious, upset.” But when I embrace the words of Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God,” my heart quiets, and I can hear God speak.
Often God will impart His wisdom through the counsel of others. But we must choose our sources carefully. Rather than blab my problems to everyone who will listen, I’ve learned to seek out those who are grounded in God’s Word, mature in their faith, and wise in their experience. I’ve also learned there’s no shame in seeking help. Proverbs 11:14, written by Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, reminds us, “Where there is no counsel, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety” (nkjv).
Everyone, believers and unbelievers, encounter trials. The glorious hope we have as Christians is that God offers us His wisdom freely and without reproach. All we have to do is ask. (click to tweet)
God’s supernatural wisdom is only one prayer away.
From the Heart
Forgive me, Father, for being so quick to tackle my problems in my own strength, with my own wisdom, and totally ignoring you. Or waiting until the situation is so desperate I have nowhere else to turn. Thank you for the reminder of James 1:5 and the promise that you’ll give me insight and direction every time I ask. Teach me to come to you first, not last, every time I need wisdom. In Jesus’ name I ask, amen.
Please feel free to share your thoughts about how hope impacts your life.
Please feel free to share your thoughts about how hope impacts your life.
This post is an excerpt of Lori Hatcher’s book, Refresh Your Hope, 60 Devotions for Trusting God with All Your Heart, by Our Daily Bread Publishing and is used with permission.
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Thank you, Barbara, for sharing the HOPE! Blessings to you and your audience. May God be glorified.ReplyDelete
Lori, I know God is glorified through this latest book as He is through the others in the Refresh series, Refresh Your Faith, and Refresh Your Prayers. Thank you so much for sharing with us!Delete
Lori and Barbara, thank you for this hope-filled post, especially this brief but powerful message: “God’s supernatural wisdom is only one prayer away.” I sometimes find myself mulling over a dilemma or problem—talking to myself about it instead of releasing it to God. When I go to Him immediately, He fills my heart with peace while I wait for an answer or endure a trial. Thank you.ReplyDelete
Jeannie, I also am guilty of talking to myself too much instead of God first. He does give us peace when we leave our burdens with Him. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!Delete
We are so blessed that God's wisdom is just a prayer away and we have His Word of promise and encouragement within the reach of our fingertips. Thank you, Lori and Barbara, for sharing this message of love and hope.ReplyDelete
We are so blessed that our Father gives us His wisdom. This is one aspect of His love that He shows us. Thanks for sharing, Katherine. Blessings!Delete
Powerful truths here ladies. While the journey is a difficult one, the reward at the end can be no greater. I try to remind myself these days that trials in this life are "teaching tools". They are God's way of teaching me patience, kindness, goodness, self-control, etc. I may not like each one, I will certainly never understand why God chooses to allow them as He does, but I remind myself that He is God. I also try to remember and apply this in my life, "The bad makes the good better." It helps me to endure the bad so my good will become better on that day. God's blessings and thank you both for this hope-filled message today.ReplyDelete
Thank you, J.D. for sharing those thoughts. We don't always understand what goes on in our lives, but we can be thankful that God does bring good out of the bad according to Romans 8:28. Blessings!Delete
We have because we ask. We just need to remember our Source and go to Him first. He will walk with us through our trials, imparting wisdom as we go. Such a relatable post. Thanks for the hope it gives. And thanks to both Lori and Barbara for sharing this word.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. We do need to remember to go to God first because He is the only one who can help us with our trials. Blessings!Delete
I love all the Hope in your message ladies. May God’s wisdom lead us daily. Thank youReplyDelete
Thank you Yvonne, for your kind comments. Blessings!Delete
I love God's promise to give wisdom. It's one request for which you have a guaranteed yes. Thanks, Lori, for sharing another wonderful devotion.ReplyDelete
Barbara, your site is lovely and your tagline conveys a worthy goal for ministry. Thanks Lori, for your wonderful wisdon filled devotion. I too see counsel from mature women of faith. Great advice!ReplyDelete