God will not reproach us when we approach Him.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” ‭‭
James‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Daughter of God,

We have such a good Father. He is aware of what we are going through each moment of our lives. He understands our hearts, minds, and souls. He doesn’t chastise us when we are lost in the turmoil of our lives. And He offers this promise: He will give us wisdom when we ask for it. 

I love that James includes the phrase “without reproach” in this sentence. Sometimes we feel our lack of wisdom is something to apologize for or to be ashamed of. But this is not the case. When we finally admit that we don’t know the answer, that is when God steps in and generously gives us the wisdom we need to navigate our situation. God will not reproach us when we approach Him.

I imagine God is probably waiting patiently for us to turn to Him. Like any good parent, He sees our struggle and wants to help. He’s simply waiting for us to set aside our pride and admit we need Him to give us wisdom. 

 

Why We Don’t Ask

Embarrassment – When we are ashamed of how or why we ended up in a situation, we let embarrassment (a form of pride) keep us from seeking help. We really don’t want to admit that we made a mistake. Maybe not just a mistake but a completely bad decision that shows off our inability to make a good judgment call. Things have spiraled out of control and we don’t know how to get back on track. There’s even a part of us that feels like we can figure it out if we just hide it a little longer. If we can solve the problem by ourselves, no one will know how bad we messed up. It’s all about saving face.

Fear – Maybe our fears keep us from asking for wisdom. We think if we admit that we’re not as smart as we thought we were, that God will say something like, “I told you so. If you had just listened to me in the first place, none of this would have happened.” But we can trust that God isn’t an “I told you so” kind of God. He’s a “Let me give you a hug and help you turn things around” kind of God. Yes, even if He did tell us so, He’ll wrap us in a big hug because He doesn’t reproach those who ask Him for wisdom.

Stubbornness – Does anyone here have a stubborn streak? 🙋🏼‍♀️We refuse to admit we were wrong. We know we are smart enough to figure this out on our own. We don’t need help. We are strong, independent women. But we forget that there is wisdom in turning to God for help. He gave us our strengths, and He’s proud of how capable we are. But He also created us to live in harmony with Him and within a community. This is why He told Adam that it wasn’t good for him to be alone. We were created to live life helping others and depending on others.

These are just three reasons we don’t ask God for wisdom. There are more. If you are in a place where you are hesitating to ask Him for guidance, take a few moments to reflect on the why. It just may reveal a roadblock that God is trying to remove from your life.

 

Situations that Call for Wisdom

Heartache – When we are facing heartache, whether from a loss or from a prolonged period of waiting, we need God’s wisdom to know how to move into healing. Our hearts are so strong, yet so fragile. We need wisdom when dealing with any situation that leaves our hearts tattered.

The world will offer all kinds of counterfeit solutions, but God is the only one who offers true and lasting healing from a broken heart. 

Frantic Mind – When our thoughts are racing and we simply don’t know what to do, we need God’s wisdom to settle our minds. His wisdom brings peace and hope. Knowing that God gives generously, we can ask Him to help us every single time our minds take off on a wild goose chase of worry or obsession over things we should leave alone. 

Practice being still before God. Pour out your worries and feelings to Him. Let Him settle your mind so you can hear His still, small voice. This is not an act of internal meditation but of connecting with your Father. 

Worldly Chaos – We know we live in a crazy world. Scary things happen every day and society is a runaway train. When we simply don’t know what to think about what the world throws at us, we can seek God’s wisdom. He will help us form our thoughts and decisions around His will and through a heavenly perspective. Yes, God will help us deal with the chaos of the world, just as He helped every generation before us. 

No matter what we are going through, we can count on God’s promises. We can cling to His promise to give us wisdom without reproach and in generous doses. And because He is a generous Father, we can return to Him and ask for wisdom as many times as needed.

Father, thank You for Your generosity. We are so blessed to be Your children and are grateful that we can come to You without the fear of reproach. You know what weighs on our minds and hearts. You understand what we are going through. You will walk with us each step. Please give us the humility to ask for wisdom as soon as we need it. We trust that You will generously provide all we need and won’t reproach us when we approach You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Daughter of God, you will find wholeness in Christ.

Michelle

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