The Key to Enduring Trials

Have you ever had a time in your life when you did not know what to do? You were surrounded by trials on every front. Pressure poured in from all angles. Decisions needed to be made. The solution escaped you, or maybe you knew what needed to be done, but you did not know quite how to handle it.

One of the hardest parts of any situation is making a decision. Often after you make it, the heat is off. It’s just a matter of following through after that.

Often the solution to the situation is hard to see because you are too close to it emotionally. At other times, you may not have the information you need to make a good decision.

Sometimes the biggest thing needed is wisdom. Wisdom can aid you in the decision, and wisdom can aid you in enduring a situation until it is resolved.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
James 1:5-8

The part that really struck me in this passage was not so much that we were to ask in faith, but the part of the verse that addresses folks with wavering faith. It says, “For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”

WOW!

Have you ever struggled with something and tried to give it to God only to pick it back up again? Is that a wavering or lack of faith?

If faith is how you obtain wisdom, that formula of picking it back up is not going to work, is it? The verse did not say wisdom only. It said any thing. “For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”

There have been times when I asked for things with greater faith than I asked for other things. Typically, those times were times I was asking for something to enable me to do what God had told me to do. My faith was greater because I was asking for God to provide for His work, and He did just that.

Exercising your faith leads to greater faith.

When you don’t know what to do. pray and ask God for wisdom. Don’t be shy, but be sure you ask in faith. You can ask in faith because we know that God does give wisdom. The verse says, “let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

LIFE APPLICATION

Do you need wisdom in something you are going through today? God knows your plight. He allows trials for a reason.

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
James 1:2-4

I challenge you to pray and ask God in unwavering faith for wisdom to get through the trial. Ask truly believing, and be sure to thank Him for providing.

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