How to Spiritually Change Your Circumstances Part 7: Ask for Wisdom


If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. (James 1:5 NLT)

When you don’t know what to do about your situation, you have an open invitation to “ask” for wisdom and to receive it. This is good news because you don’t have to try to figure out a solution. God has the answer already laid out for you if you just ask for it. Where we mess up is thinking that God doesn’t want to be bothered with our “little” problems, which could be further from the truth. He is concerned about every single part of your life. It doesn’t matter if it’s asking for directions, fixing your hair, washing dishes—whatever it is, God wants to help you and He’s waiting for you to reach out to Him.

We get ourselves so worked up trying to figure out all of our problems by ourselves, and even going as far as bringing in other people to help us, when God is waiting for you to humble yourself, realize that you don’t have the answers, and ask Him what you should do. We go to God as a last resort after we’ve done everything we know how to do in our own power, which isn’t much to begin with, and then expect Him to perform miracles to clean up the messes we’ve made. Our first response should always be “Lord, what am I supposed to do with this situation? I don’t know what to do and I’m trying not to figure it out. I’m in desperate need, so I need Your help! I’m asking for Your wisdom and peace to help me through this.” If you haven’t figured it out yet, “your way” is no match for what God can do.  

The key to asking God for wisdom is found in the rest of James 1:6-8: “But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.  Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do” (NLT). This is very important because if you think you can trust God half way, then you are sadly mistaken and you will block your blessings. You must know in your heart, that when you ask God for wisdom regarding anything, that He is the only One that can help you, and you trust Him and Him alone. You have an option of getting solutions to your problems, free of charge, and all you have to do is place your full trust and confidence in God. You can’t get a better deal anywhere.

Whatever you need, ask for it! If you haven’t realized it by now, you don’t have the answers and the worst thing that you will do is make matters worse if “you” try to figure it out. Go to the generous God and receive true, everlasting wisdom that He won’t hold against you if you ask for it. Scripture says you have not because you ask not; so open your mouth and ask, and unhardened your heart and receive!

Meditation Scripture (s):

  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)
  • A man is a fool to trust himself! But those who use God’s wisdom are safe. (Proverbs 28:26 TLB)
  • However, the wisdom that comes from above is first of all pure. Then it is peaceful, gentle, obedient, filled with mercy and good deeds, impartial, and sincere. (James 3:17 GW)

*Note: My hope and prayer is that after you read this and meditate on the scriptures that you will get such a revelation that will spark further study on your own. The Bible has so much more to say that what I’ve included. There’s nothing better than studying the Word of God for yourself*


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