Day 4: Dave Janssen

James 1:5
“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.”

There is just a lot of trying to figure out what to do in living life; a lot of problems we face that need solving. Even as we “trust in the Lord with all our hearts, lean not on our own understanding, in all our ways acknowledge Him, and He will make our paths straight”…there are different ways to point our lives among a raft of possible directions.

In one sense, God has given us a brain to think. He has given us the ability to choose between things. He has given us His Word to show us the way. He has given us His Holy Spirit to guide us in the journey. But there still seems to be these places where we can be just at a loss.

What do we do? Sometimes God seems awkwardly silent in those moments, as if He just wants to see what we would choose. Nothing wrong with that. As a parent I like it when I see my kids make good decisions. But then there are those times when we just clearly don’t know what He is doing with us in a matter. And we need help. We need to hear His heart.

I boast in the Lord that God speaks to us about those times in His Word. We are told by the Apostle James,“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.”

I am reminded in 2024 that this is a promise. I have a part in it, and then God graciously has a big part in it. I boast in the Lord that He is seriously interested and invested in this part of our lives.

“I just don’t know what to do.” I have faced those moments in this last year; at a total loss as to a strategy. And then I call out to the Lord, and in His timing, it comes to me. We read that He gives generously, not miserly. It is a generous portion, not tidbits beyond our comprehension to understand. It isn’t a puzzle or an Easter egg hunt. He gives to all without finding fault. He also doesn’t dangle a “you don’t deserve it card” in our faces first. He is without finding fault. And the promise is, it will be given to us.

Sometimes it happens in that quiet time. Or a sermon. Maybe when I just turn off the noise and try to listen. Or a song on the radio. Or over a cup of coffee with a friend. Or suddenly a solution that belies our understanding. A novel tactic that calls for us to watch Him instead. Sometimes we have to take the first steps. Sometimes we just watch and hold out our hands to receive from our heavenly father.

I boast in the Lord because it is obvious in His Word that He likes this aspect of being God, Lord, to us. Thank you, Lord!
"Lord, Thank you for continual watch over our souls. Sometimes we understand the steps we need to take; at other times we just need to hear your wisdom and thoughts matched with our unique situation. Help us Lord to believe your promise that as we call out to you, you will respond in a way that makes sense.”

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