By Susanne Timpani (No.212)
5 If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it.
6 But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to tell you, for a doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind;
7-8 and every decision you then make will be uncertain, as you turn first this way and then that. If you don’t ask with faith, don’t expect the Lord to give you any solid answer
Do you find it difficult to make decisions? Or do you find yourself jumping into a new situation and then wonder how you got yourself there?
How many times do we find our minds being 'unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind'? v7
Do you have a mentor in your life who will calmly tell you to go away and 'pray about it'? Sometimes I find that response infuriating. I can't hear myself think, let alone sit still and listen for the voice of God.
I'm not sure how many decisions I've made where I've felt a definite nudge from God telling me yes or no. Yet the simple act of turning up for prayer makes us available to receive the perfect spiritual gift.
God 'is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him.' v 5
Reaching out to accept the gift activates its power to help us manage those waves. 'But if you 'don't ask with faith, don't expect the Lord to give you any solid answer.' v 8
Read the scripture slowly.
Reflect on its meaning for you.
Listen for God's voice in the stillness.
Pray for God's blessing upon you.