James 1:5 The only thing you could possibly lack is wisdom. (One might sometimes feel challenged beyond the point of sanity) however, make your request in such a way that you draw directly from the source (not filtered through other opinions). God is the origin and author of wisdom; he intertwines your thoughts with good judgment. His gifts are available to all, without regret. (TMB)
Isaiah 45:23 I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath. (NKJV)
Who are you getting your answers from?
When you don’t know what to do, yet you know something needs to be done, who do you ask first. Do you go to the ones you have learned to be spiritual or knowledgeable? Do you talk to your friends, prayer partner, spiritual mentor, pastor, etc.? There is nothing wrong with that. God placed these people in your life to be a support to you. Sometimes you can have too much support. You can have so many different answers to the same question that you struggle with what to believe. Why not go directly to the source? Do you remember to ask God, first?
Psalms 121:1-2 I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. (New King James Version NKJV)
The Lord you serve is omniscient. The wisdom God gives is unaffected by the status of your problem, what you feel, or what you see. Here are some reasons you ask God for the answers:
- God will help you through your situation without being condescending or scolding you.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. (Amplified Bible AMP)
- God doesn’t just have wisdom, He is wisdom.
Proverbs 2:6 Wisdom is a gift from a generous God, and every word he speaks is full of revelation and becomes a fountain of understanding within you. (The Passion Translation TPT)
- You know He hears you and will answer you because you are living the life He has called you to live.
1 John 3:22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. (New King James Version NKJV)
- You know, on your best day, you don’t have the solution.
Proverbs 14:12 You can rationalize it all you want and justify the path of error you have chosen, but you’ll find out in the end that you took the road to destruction. (The Passion Translation TPT)
- God is waiting for you to ask. He wants you to have the answer.
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (New King James Version NKJV)
- God has so much more to show you than what you have the knowledge to ask for.
Jeremiah 33:3 ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.’ (Amplified Bible AMP)
Everything you go through is a test. You can’t fail the test, if you have all the answers. With each answer you receive and each test you pass, give Him praise because He is Adonai [a-dō-nī ] (Master Over All).
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, Your word says, in the multitude of counsel there is safety. I know there are times when I have taken that scripture to an extreme limit. All of a sudden, the safety, the counsel was supposed to provide to me, only created confusion. There were too many voices. Too many people trying to help me understand what was going on and tell me how to deal with it. I thank You because You are there. I repent for not coming to you first. You have the answers. I don’t have to guess. I don’t have to figure it out. All I have to do is ask You. The problem was, by the time I asked You I could not hear what You were saying. My spirit and my mind was cluttered with the things everyone else, including myself, had said. You taught me I needed to be still. Through the years, I have learned how to wait and how to be still in Your presence. You have taught me a decision made in uncertainty is destined to be the wrong one. You have taught me acting out of emergency will cost me. Thank You for teaching me through my experiences and tests that You know what’s best for me. Whether You tell me what to do or unfold the solution over time; I will come to You with all of my questions. You are the answer…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.