“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
Several years ago, my family faced a major life decision that would affect the trajectory of our lives. We had been faithful and loyal to the assignment God had given us up to that point, and now, this opportunity could possibly catapult our careers to and international level. Some would look at our situation and say, “God has given you supernatural favor; now walk in it.” Through the years, we have watched our friends soar to great heights in their careers. Finally, it felt as if it was our turn to reach “the top”.
My wife and I have always sought the will of God for our lives and ministry. The only way to know what His will for us is to ask and seek Him. One of my favorite scriptures is Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and He will make your paths straight.” Both wisdom and direction are mentioned in that passage. But, as outlined in the verse, they can only be obtained by submitting all our ways to Him. You may ask, what are considered “ways”? “Ways” may be defined as every potential life altering decision. Not only should we acknowledge God, but trust Him and the process.
One of the things we have realized in our life is that everything with God’s name attached to it is not necessarily God. Many times, we have the tendency to be enamored with the exterior of other’s prestige or opportunities presented. We must use wisdom and not allow the exterior or opportunities to blind us from looking deeper at subtle warning signs. The enemy will put road blocks in our way to keep us from praying for direction, because he does not want us to possess the wisdom that only comes from God to make the right decisions.
John 3 (NIV) says, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the spirit gives birth to spirit.” If you have been born again, you have a legal right to ask the Spirit of God to reveal and uncover what you cannot see. As my wife and I begin to ask and seek for God’s revelation, the Lord began to show us the subtle things that would literally destroy our ministry and our family if we took this opportunity. Therefore, we were careful not to allow our decision to be determined by the opportunities presented but instead by God’s will for our life and ministry.
Lastly, sometimes we need to seek out Godly counsel for wisdom and direction. I love Proverbs 12:15 (NIV), “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to counsel.” What are the qualifications? First, someone who will tell you the truth. Secondly, seek out individuals who have been battle tested and have a strong relationship with Jesus.
Pray this with me, “Lord, I know that you know what is best for me. Help me to always acknowledge you and seek your wisdom and direction, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Thought for the day: Every opportunity is not from God. Always seek His guidance and be content with His answer; it’s for your ultimate blessing.