Finding Wisdom – 寻找智慧 (Jas. 1:5-6)

Wisdom – 智慧

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The ambulance sped along the cobblestone streets, its sirens blaring. The young Air Force medic was bouncing in the small jump-seat while trying to keep himself seated as the ambulance turned the corner. Bob looked nervously at the radio in his hand and then back at the woman on the gurney. Her face was flushed and sweaty. Her breathing was labored. She sat up in the gurney with the light sheet covering her large midsection. She was full-term and in active labor. Her water had broken, and contractions were about a minute apart.

She looked at him, a mere 19 years old, for assurance. He smiled and looked at his watch. They were only seven minutes from the Air Force Hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany. He was concerned and even more than slightly anxious about the reality of not arriving timely. Then the contractions resumed. His suspicions confirmed, she was crowning, and he knew they would not make the hospital. At least not before delivering the baby. He reached for the internal intercom and told Heinz to pull over and radio the hospital. He looked back at her and smiled reassuringly. After that, her husband leaned in as he prepared for the delivery and asked about his experience. Bob looked at him with a smile and assured him all would be fine. What he did not tell him was this was his first delivery.

Qualifications

However, there are times or events where you realize you are not prepared. You feel you could use more insight or additional wisdom on acting or dealing with the crisis, decision, event, or issue. Do you ever think God should pick someone more qualified for the immediate job at hand? Pick someone more skilled in your estimation. For example, there were times in my life, as I am sure there have been times in yours, you believed God and stepped out, somewhat half-heartedly. Why? Because we understood the risk of what we felt God asked us to do and concluded this could end in an epic fail.

Not that God would fail, but we would. We would embarrass ourselves believing God called, but in reality, it was our own decision, or discredit God because of our inability or just messed it up. But that perspective is based on an inward focus. We are not looking to Him but ourselves. We do not focus on God’s strength but on our human frailty or limitations. Instead of trusting in God’s wisdom and his Word, we listen to the enemy and hesitate. Maybe it is a real obstacle or limitation. Ask Him for wisdom, and he gives generously. (Jas. 1.5) So, if we want to walk on water, we need only fix our eyes on Jesus, and he will bid us come. (Matt. 14.29)

Participation

God has formed us and gifted us with natural abilities (Ps. 139.13), and the Holy Spirit has gifted us specifically for participating in the body of Christ. (1 Cor. 12; 1 Pet. 4.7) Certainly, God does not choose his vessel for His purpose based upon the world’s criteria. (1 Cor. 1.27, 4.10; 2 Cor. 12.10) He has called you to the task, maybe from off the bench. Trust God. Do not doubt. Because His Word promises He will give wisdom generously to all who ask without finding fault. He called you to a task and will provide you with the needed resources. The key? God. Because It’s not about us. Above all, it’s always about Him and his redemptive purpose. (Gal. 3.13, 4.5; Rom. 8.29)

Just like the 19-year old faced with delivering a baby, you have to participate regardless of what you believe about your ability or circumstances. Seek wisdom and understanding. Watch Him work. He’s got this. Trust Him.  

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all.  But when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all.” (Jas. 1:5-6 GNT)

Jas. 1.5-6 (GNT)

 我是做上帝和主耶稣基督奴仆的雅各,问候散居各地的十二支派的人。

信心和忍耐

我的弟兄姊妹,当你们遭遇各种磨炼的时候,都要认为是喜乐的事。 要知道你们的信心经过考验会产生坚忍。 你们要坚忍到底,使你们纯全、完备、毫无缺欠。

如果你们谁缺少智慧,就当求慷慨施恩、不责备人的上帝,上帝必赐给他智慧。

雅各书 1:1-5 (CCB)




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