Happy Day 3 of Another 100 Days of Hannah, y’all!
Admittedly, I initially wasn’t sure what to write about today, but after listening to a sermon that happened to directly coincide with my quiet time meditations this morning, I guess this is the direction we’re gonna go. Huzzah.
James 1:5 (TPT)
And if anyone longs to be wise, ask God for wisdom, and He will give it. He won’t see your lack of wisdom as an opportunity to scold you over your failures, but He will overwhelm your failures with his generous grace (or “with an open hand”).
So, first things first. If y’all haven’t noticed, yes, I’m reading James. And yes, I can only chew on approximately one verse a day, or sometimes one verse a week. Don’t judge. It’s how I process.
Second, since The Passion Translation isn’t the most common, or probably even the most accurate translation, I like looking at a second version for the sake of comparison. So, let’s add in the New King James for good measure.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given him.
Do you guys ever have times that you’re made acutely aware of your need for wisdom?
For me, this morning was one of those times. After waking up with my mind racing, I spent the first 10 minutes of my quiet time trying to process feelings, dreams, and desires that, once again, decided to rear their heads.
I thought I had dealt with them all before.
I thought I had come to a decision.
I thought I had made peace with the situation.
But yet, here I was again, trying to find calm amidst the raging storm in my mind.
And out of that storm, James’ words screamed out:
Ask God for wisdom, and He will give it!
Y’all, I need wisdom.
Not just today, but every day.
I need wisdom to follow.
I need wisdom to lead.
I need wisdom as a doctor.
I need wisdom as a daughter.
I need wisdom in my friendships.
I need wisdom in my relationships.
I need wisdom in literally every aspect of my life, that I may glorify God in everything that I do.
But some days? Some days wisdom feels hard to find.
And, rather than looking to the Savior, who is the power and the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24), I tend to look instead to the wisdom that this world may offer.
I look to science and logic.
I look to feelings and pleasure.
I look to friends and advisors.
I look to identity and inspiration.
And while these all have their place, for they are all gifts from God, they do not provide the promise of truth that I long for.
In Proverbs, Solomon writes that: the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)
And so, once again, I am reminded to turn to the cross.
I am reminded to turn to the Savior – fully God, fully man – who, at just the right time, came to our world to redeem what was lost.
And, it is through his glorious death and resurrection, that I am empowered to simply – ask – to ask for wisdom from the one who gives generously, without finding fault, today and every day.
Catch y’all tomorrow.
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