Today’s Dose of Hope: When We Need Answers

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. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. – James 1:5-8 (NIV)

This is a verse I like to go back to over and over again, because let’s face it – I could not live a successful or purposeful life without it. I need God to tell me what to do, and I need Him to do that all the time. And then I need Him to tell me what to do again.

So this week, and especially today, and as I pray for big moves in big areas of my life and the lives of my friends, I am praying this verse to our Lord and asking Him to give us wisdom and belief.

And yes, sometimes I think He gives us wisdom in small tiny doses one baby step at a time, and we need to have the patience to wait for the next baby step. And sometimes I think He give us lots of wisdom, but we brush it off as fantasy or just a dream or an impossible situation that couldn’t really happen in “real life.” And then we miss out on that blessing and end up going around and around that same wilderness (see here and here) and wondering why things aren’t working out.

So here is my challenge to myself and to anyone who’s willing to join me in challenging ourselves this:

Ask God for wisdom in whatever we’re facing.

Believe He’s going to give it to us.

And then have the guts to believe it, even if it’s wildly crazy and bigger than we can handle. (As in – He tells one of us to start that bakery we’ve secretly dreamed of starting. Or He tells us to drastically change our diet even though we don’t want to be that person who stops drinking coffee when everyone else is. Or anything bigger and crazier than we wanted to hear.)

And then let’s start praying again about how to do it.

Because that’s how we’re going to get through life and accomplish the things He put us on this earth to accomplish. It’s not going to be by doing the things that feel secure or normal or “the way it is.” It’s by doing the things God says we should do,and trusting that if He’s the Master of the Universe He can pull a few strings to make it happen.

Again and again. For the rest of our lives.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. – Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

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