Determining the Will of God…

Today I’m sharing a wonderful promise and word of assurance I’ve depended upon over the years.  Can’t remember the first time I discovered it, claimed it, and found it true, but the times since then that I’ve relied upon it have been numerous.  Just take it from me – it works!  I read it again this morning in my Bible reading and just paused and offered thanks for the wonderful truth it expresses.

I’m going to share it from the old Living Bible paraphrase: 

“IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO DO, ASK HIM, AND HE WILL GLADLY TELL YOU, for He is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him; He will not resent it.  But when you ask Him be sure that you really expect Him to tell you, for a doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind; and every decision you then make will be uncertain, as you turn first this way and then that.  If you don’t ask with faith, don’t expect the Lord to give you any solid answer.” (James 1:5-8 Living Bible)

We all need wisdom.  Those who “fear (or reverence) the Lord desire to know and do His will.  This wonderful passage lifts discovering God’s will out of the arena of stress and anxiety and transfers it into the domain of confident assurance and faith.  WE CAN ASK GOD FOR WISDOM AND HE HAS PROMISED TO SUPPLY IT!  We are not told precisely how He will supply it – simply that He will.  He has an innumerable number of ways at his disposal… clear direction from His word, counsel from Godly leaders and friends, circumstances, a prophetic word, researching your options bathed in an atmosphere of prayer, or just simply “faith walking” through the issue every day with the Lord… and that’s just a handful of possibilities.  But the truth is, God WILL supply the wisdom you need!  ONE OF MY FAVORITE TRUISMS IS… “THE WILL OF GOD GROWS ON YOU!” 

Trust Him!  Ask for His wisdom!  Believe that He’ll do what He said and supply it!  Then expectantly watch, wait, listen, visit with Him about your options and His leading… and obey!  It works!

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