Suppose you were sick and there was a proven medicine that would help you.
You are aware that this medicine exists, but you don’t ask for it.
It’s not that you don’t want to get better. In fact, you are longing for freedom from this sickness so you can get on with a productive life. It’s just that…
You’re pretty sure you can kick this sickness on your own. You pride yourself in being tough and capable and really don’t like to depend on anyone or anything.
If you were to go to the doctor, he’d probably just tell you that you need to eat better and exercise, and you really don’t feel like hearing that lecture again.
The medicine is known to work, but you doubt that it will be effective for you personally. You’ve tried it before with no immediate results.
Even if you do need the medicine, you really don’t have time to go pick it up. With all of the other demands of life, who needs one more thing to do?
This medicine can’t be the only solution, right? There are lots of opinions out there on other treatments that might work.
So you don’t ask for it.
The result? You were sick for longer than you needed to be, and the medicine – which you should have just taken in the first place – was the only effective solution in the end.
I wonder if this is sometimes how we view asking God for wisdom when hard times come.
See if you can relate to any of these…
For some of us it’s pride: we think we can tackle trials on our own, so we keep pressing on in our own strength and leave God completely out of the picture.
Some believers think if they go to God, he’ll just shoot back a list of their sins and condemn them for getting themselves into yet another mess.
Others doubt that God’s wisdom will change anything in their lives because they’ve asked before, and results haven’t come in their time and in their way.
And even when we do recognize our need for a solution beyond ourselves, we’re often not willing to invest the time and energy into seeking after God’s wisdom. We succumb to worldly thinking, and God easily becomes our last resort.
We are aware that this wisdom exists, but we don’t ask for it.
Father, forgive us.
“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. 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.” ~ James 1:5-6
God, thank you that you are our Wonderful Counselor. I praise you that because of Jesus we can have full access to your presence anytime and anywhere. Forgive us, Father, when our pride prevents us from asking for your wisdom. Help us to come to you as we live in the freedom that you have granted us: that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Father, thank you for giving your wisdom generously when we ask for it. Help us to approach your throne in humility and confidence, recognizing that your ways are higher than ours, and that your wisdom and purposes will prevail. Oh God, forgive us when we doubt you! Empower us to seek after and prize your wisdom more than the wisdom of this world: to look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure. God, help us to run to you as our first love and greatest treasure instead of our last resort.
“With the goodness of God to desire our highest welfare, the wisdom of God to plan it, and the power of God to achieve it, what do we lack? Surely we are the most favored of all creatures.” ~ A.W. Tozer
Don’t wait another day. Ask God, our Wonderful Counselor…
At His feet,
*LET’S TALK: What prevents YOU from asking God for wisdom?