Wednesday: Seek Wisdom


James 1:5-8 - 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, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Lord God, there are so many places in my life when I lack wisdom.  I need wisdom so that I have insight into how to serve people – what to say and how to say; what to do and how to do it.  I need wisdom into the way I live my life and how I use my time. There are so many things that are calling for my attention; I need wisdom to make good decisions.  I need wisdom to carry out my callings in life.  Father, you’ve called me to be a spouse, a father, a friend, a pastor (insert your own callings here); I need your wisdom to be able to fill those roles because I often feel lost and wandering in my callings.  I need wisdom from you to see the inconsistencies and sin in my life. Here, as I consider your word, I notice my own double-mindedness.  I trust, but not fully.  I ask, but not with full confidence.  I’m like the man who asked for your help and then had to confess, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief.”  Lord, give me wisdom and insight to see these inconsistencies.  And more than wisdom, Lord God, grant me a full and strong faith to trust you.  You are my dear Father, who loves to give generously.  You lavish grace upon grace on me. You lavishly and generously forgive my sins.  You, dear Father,  never turn me away from your throne because of my sin.  You give generously without keeping track of my sin.  You give generously without keeping score.  Dear Father, you will give me wisdom because you promise here to do it.  Give me wisdom for my faith and life today, dear Father.  I believe your Word. You will do it.  Amen.

Our Father loves to give generously.
Our Father does not keep a record of wrongs; he does not keep score.
Let each of us ask for wisdom, confident that God will complete his work in us, shaping us into his image.

Refuel Faith reading: Luke 8

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