Dear friends. I have had a terrible time getting my computer to work and this problem has kept me from posting my weekly message. Here is something I wrote to get back on track. Thank you for your patience. God bless, Dick
Have you ever been in a place where you seemed to be painted into a corner with problems and troubles and there seemed to be no way out? Life is filled with these kinds of challenges.
Perhaps it is a problem you have no control over. It could be a health problem or an employment issue or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Not all of your problems are your fault. But some are. You may be suffering the consequences of bad decisions that seem impossible to unravel. And in some cases, they cannot be undone. The truth is that all people find themselves in a fix like this at some point in their life.
The unfortunate consequence of these kinds of unresolved trials is a real sense of hopelessness. When you get to the point that there seems to be no hope, depression begins to take over and all kinds of bad things happen. For those of you who have experienced depression, you know how debilitating and devastating it can be.
Even God’s children struggle with this reality. Good, reliable Christian friends can be a great help in leading you out of the mire of your problems, but there are times when even the most qualified person cannot help you. You need God’s help to find your way out. You need God’s wisdom in especially difficult times.
How do you get this divine wisdom?
James 1:2-5 NIV Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish it’s work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault.
In these verses, God says something that seems backwards. He says, “count it all joy when you face trials of many kinds”. What??? Who enjoys trials??
Well, this is not what God means. God is saying that we should see trails for what they are. They are an opportunity for God to demonstrate His power in your life and trials serve to make your faith in Him stronger.
So, deal with trials this way; go to God and ask for help! Your particular mess will not be used as a “litmus test” for His help. Just ask and He will give you all the wisdom you need and He will give it generously.
James 1:6-8 NIV But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
Just saying the words, “God give me wisdom” will produce nothing. Truly believing that God WILL give you wisdom must accompany your prayerful words, “God give me wisdom”.
Your true belief is faith. Your faith is what causes God to pour out His grace into your life when you have a particular need, in this case the need for wisdom. Without faith, you will never receive the divine wisdom you need to deal with your trials.
Too many believers do not understand this principle, and they find themselves saying the words, “God give me wisdom”, but they have real doubts that God WILL give them the wisdom they need. Because they lack faith strong enough to really believe, they do not receive the wisdom they need from God. They remain unstable, still held captive of the trial they cannot shake.
Today is a good day to deal with those nagging problems and trials in your life by asking God for the divine wisdom you need to overcome the hard challenges in your life. Place your trust in your Savior. Ask God for help, without doubt, and with complete belief! See what will happen!
God bless you all!
Have a great, victorious day!