“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
I don’t know about you, but I definitely feel a lack of wisdom in raising my children. What works with one child doesn’t necessarily work with another, and what works one day might not work the next.
At times, I have been discouraged because it doesn’t seem that my asking for wisdom is having many results. As I was talking to my mom yesterday, however, it hit me that the Lord never promised to give it to me all at once. Duh! He will give me only what HE knows that I need for the moment, not what I think I need. If I got all of the wisdom at once, I wouldn’t need to ask for anymore. I would start relying on my own strength rather than recognizing that I need His strength.
When I look at it that way, I guess that I am glad that the Lord doesn’t give me all the wisdom I need for the rest of my life at one time. I know my tendency toward self-reliance, and it is not a good thing. I tend to mess things up in big ways when I think I can do it on my own! Needing to rely on the Lord and trust Him to give me the wisdom I need when I need it keeps me much more humble and therefore much easier to live with. 😉
It WOULD be nice to FEEL a little wiser sometimes, but I am thankful that the Lord truly does give the wisdom He promises – in His ultimate wisdom and timing. I’ll keep asking and trust that He will provide what I need when I need it.