The great evangelical pastor A. W. Tozer shares this insight: “Most of us go through life praying a little, planning a little, jockeying for position, hoping but never being quite certain of anything, and always secretly afraid that we will miss the way. This is a tragic waste of truth and never gives rest to the heart. There is a better way. It is to repudiate our own wisdom and take instead the infinite wisdom of God. Our insistence upon seeing ahead is natural enough, but it is a real hindrance to our spiritual progress. God has charged Himself with full responsibility for our eternal happiness and stands ready to take over the management of our lives the moment we turn in faith to Him.”
James notes that trouble and temptation come unexpectedly like storms into every life. This is why we need to seek wisdom from above. We need to try and trust the truth from God, rather than from those that might temp us. James bases his instruction on the realization that the average person tends to turn to God as a last resource in trying to discern truth, rather than at the beginning of the process. He writes in James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault and all will be given to him.” James instructs us to seek God’s wisdom first in problem-solving, but we are reluctant to try the truth, or to trust the truth of God’s will and way. James teaches us that God gives generously to all without finding fault.
First, God leads us into the light, not the darkness. From Isaiah 42:16 we learn: Here is His promise: “And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.”
Second, God’s wisdom leads us into what is right. Unlike riches and positions of high places, which will all fade away in our life, God’s wisdom and ways will not. As Martin Luther said, “God’s truth abideth still”—despite the Tempter’s ability to seduce the human mind to follow other ways and idols.
Third, we ask God’s wisdom in discerning new directions for our lives. James wouldn’t let the Christian church forget the basic questions of life. That is why this epistle is often called the Instruction Manual. James reassures us “that we lack wisdom—God does not.” God is not the enemy, but a generous giver.
God’s wisdom - leads us to light, not darkness. God’s wisdom - leads us to what is right, not to fads. God’s wisdom - provides sight and insight. Try god’s truth - not the Tempter’s deception.
The question for the day is: How much do you trust God? Abraham learned that behind the clouds of uncertainty God awaits. He placed his total trust in God and his trust was not misplaced. My guess is that Abraham was a different person when he descended from the mountain. From that moment on Abraham realized that God would take care of his son, Isaac. From that moment on he realized God would provide whatever was necessary for the fulfillment of His promises.
The people of Chandlers Chapel UMC and Duncans Chapel UMC invite everyone, searching for a church home or who are simply searching for that missing piece in their lives, to join with us on Sunday morning to find the Spirit of God and the Truth of His Love. Duncans Chapel worships at 9:45am and Chandlers Chapel worships at 11:00am. Chandlers Chapel also has a growing Youth Program and Adult Bible Study, Sunday evenings at 6:00pm. From our family to yours, please join us as we seek out God through the Holy Spirit.