If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
~ James 1:5 ~
God is looking for people of faith. If you can renew your mind and thoughts toward the things of God, you can change your world. Changing your mindset can change your circumstances because your mind is powerful. It has the power to bring life or to bring destruction, because everything starts with a thought. How you think determines how you live. Joshua 1:7-8 is a perfect example of how to change your mindset: 1) be strong and courageous, 2) be careful to obey the Bible, 3) do not turn from the Bible to the left or right, 4) do no let the Book of the Law depart from your mouth, and 5) meditate on the Word of God day and night.
~ Renew Your Mindset with God ~
I had often wondered why God would set up a process for us to gain wisdom. Since Wisdom begins with our sincere reverence toward God why does he not merely give it unto each one of us? What I have found is that when we seek God’s wisdom and receive His wisdom means we are seeking to receive a Godly mindset. It brings each one of us into a relationship with our Heavenly Father. Such wisdom received is not information imparted. It is wisdom that develops learned character. Observing Him helps me becoming more like Him. It is a process of development and spiritual growth to gain a Godly mindset. His wisdom is readily available and I must ask to receive it.
There are oft times when I found myself needing guidance regarding given situations. My usual tendency was to pray for direction. However, I have come to learn that my Heavenly Father has a better way. I no longer seek direction. Instead, I seek wisdom and the direction before me becomes clear. Merely praying for direction limits God to providing information. Pray to seek wisdom and God grants one a Godly mindset. As Peter says, we become partakers of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). Part of that divine nature is the mindset of God.
The only time I have ever called upon God for wisdom was when I found myself in a difficult situation. Then I was prone to seek His wisdom and not proper direction. Instead of seeking wisdom on a as-needed-basis, this passage reminds me that it is a constant daily request. It is not meant for us to seek God’s wisdom when one is at their wits end. I am to ask for wisdom on a daily basis because I may find myself at wit’s end sooner or later. God’s provision of His mind is often given in advance. It is more than instructions for a way to go; it is trailing for a way of life.
Do I stand in need of direction? Guidance? Wisdom from above? The crucial step for me is to simply ask. One that I sometimes neglect. How often do I find myself attempting to figure things out on my own? How often do I ask others for advice before going to God? Ask Him now. Ask often. Make the asking a regular part of your life. Don’t wait until trouble comes; learn the mind of God now. He offers it generously.
How have I come to enrich my own prayer life in seeking wisdom from God? By meditating on the full Serenity Prayer attributed to Reinhold Nebuhr (1892-1971).
God grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world As it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right If I surrender to His Will; So that I may be reasonably happy in this life And supremely happy with Him Forever and ever in the next. Amen.
Are you seeking direction or wisdom from God? When you have come to your wits end – how does approaching God in seeking wisdom helped you? Are you willing to seek God’s mind by asking for wisdom in your life? Will you take up the challenge to seek wisdom and not direction each day?
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