Last Sunday my daughter shared her testimony at church, so of course, I took a video. After first service I mentioned to my friend, that it was so blurry and I was frustrated at the quality. She smiled and asked me if I had tapped the screen first to center it.
I was unaware of how to use what I had in my hand.
How often is that our struggle? How often do we flail and wander, praying for God to move this and change that, when in our hands, are the very tools we need in order to complete that which we long to see come to pass?
If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.
[ Make Insight Your Priority ] Good friend, take to heart what I’m telling you; collect my counsels and guard them with your life. Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom; set your heart on a life of Understanding. That’s right—if you make Insight your priority, and won’t take no for an answer, Searching for it like a prospector panning for gold, like an adventurer on a treasure hunt, Believe me, before you know it Fear-of-God will be yours; you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God.
That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!
Dr Dave Martin
, success coach, is often quoted as stating that our primary struggle in life is that we have wisdom problems. Not marriage problems, or financial issues; but whatever we face that needs overcoming in this life is, more often than not, a lack of knowledge. Even the smallest of adjustments can have the greatest impact on our lives – we just need to be willing to ask, seek, listen and learn.
So many Christians find Jesus and their seeking stops. They receive His grace, attend church (or not), and continue doing life the way they always have, then see the success and blessings of others and wonder why God hasn’t chosen to operate in their lives the same way.
All the while, life’s owners manual is right in front of them.
I am putting myself out there, but it has been years that I have been frustrated with the quality of the video I have taken on my phone (see above!) – I just never thought to ask anyone if there was something I could do differently. Similarly, in my daily life I haven’t always reached out and sought answers to struggles or challenges I have faced – I just kept doing more of what I was doing.
Today, I admonish you to seek His wisdom in your struggles. Try doing things His way. Ask what you can do differently and what His will for your life is.
May clarity be yours!