Do you want in on a really good secret? I heard it from James, and he said I could share it with you. He said, in essence, “Let me tell you a secret that will revolutionize your life as you encounter the various trials life sends your way. A secret that will bring about greater endurance, character, wisdom, and faith in you!” Doesn’t that sound exciting?
As we dream about possessing these desirable qualities, James tells us the secret: If you want wisdom, all you have to do is ask God for it. Do you want wisdom for handling your problems?
Wisdom for Handling Problems
Go to the only source of truth—to the giving God who bestows wisdom for managing life’s trials—and ask. Are you growing as a woman of faith? As a woman who asks God wholeheartedly, trusts Him completely, and doubts nothing? Are you completely convinced that God’s way is always best? Or do you sometimes treat God’s Word like it’s advice you can take or leave?
Do you grapple with what to choose based on your feelings, the world’s advice, and God’s commands? Do you believe God cares about you? That He is powerful and good and watching over you?
These are serious questions, and the answers will reveal where you are in your walk with God.
Walking in Wisdom
How many times a day do you need God’s wisdom? As I write these words, it’s almost noon, and I’ve already counted on God’s wisdom several times today. Isn’t it wonderful that all you have to do is ask Him for guidance with a heart full of faith...and wisdom will be given to you?
The next time you face your trials or dilemmas, instead of praying for the removal of your test, ask God to give you the wisdom needed to handle it His way.
Stop, look, and listen before you move ahead full speed: Stop before you do anything. This gives you time to consult the Lord before you act. Look to the Lord. Boldly ask, “Lord, what do You want me to do here?” Listen for His wisdom.
A heart of faith believes God hears your cry for help...and He answers. Proceed because you know God’s wisdom is best. Respond to Him in obedience without doubt.
These actions and attitudes of faith make up the secret to wisdom. You will face trial after trial, but you now know how to face them!
Lord, I will stop, look, listen, and then proceed. I’m asking today for Your guidance. Help me to discover the secret to wisdom, to discern Your Word and Your will so I can move forward as a woman growing in You. Amen.
Growing in Wisdom and Faith by Elizabeth George—An encouraging resource for women who yearn to experience real spiritual growth!
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God’s wisdom is best. Respond to Him in obedience without doubt.