Words of Faith 4-3-2020
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2020
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
We live in confusing times. The world confronts us with complicated situations, dilemmas and issues. Knowledge is not enough. We must have wisdom. Wisdom goes beyond knowledge. It is the understanding and ability to make sense of things and then act with a wise decision in difficult circumstances.
Wisdom is practical discernment. It begins with respect for God. When we respect God, we seek to live in a right relationship with Him and with people. Wisdom helps us in the most basic ways to tell right from wrong.
God is willing to give us this wisdom, but we will be unable to receive it if our goals are self-centered instead of God-centered. To learn God's will, we need to read His Word and ask Him to show us how to obey it. Then we must do what He tells us. It is not enough just to have a good "take" on a situation. We must have the courage to act wisely and to make the right choice.
Where do we find this wisdom? James gives us a wonderful promise from God's Word. If you will seek, you will find wisdom. Whenever we need wisdom, we can pray to God, and He will generously supply what we need.
Christians don't have to grope around in the dark. We don't have to simply hope we will stumble upon answers. We can ask for God's wisdom to guide our choices. Proverbs 2:6 tells us, “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding…”
Jesus said: Ask, and it shall be given Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and the door shall be opened. But have you ever felt you were not even worthy to ask? James suggests a remarkable thing. He says that this wisdom is given by grace or "without finding fault.”
Even in our most difficult and broken times, when our minds are confused and clouded with our own failure, God is faithful to this promise and will give the wisdom needed. On the worst day of your life, God's ears are not blocked from hearing your cry.
Lord, I do not know what this day holds, but You know the wisdom I shall need. Lord, give me the wisdom to know Your will and Your way. Give me the courage to act in obedience to Your wisdom. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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