Devotional Thoughts for This Morning
“Who You Gonna Call?”
“I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”
When you have a question, where do you go? All of us have go-to sources: a knowledgeable friend, Google, Reddit, even Yahoo Answers! Last year, I experienced a situation in which a colleague had told leaders of my team something untruthful about what I had done (others brought it to my attention). I was shocked and upset. Unsure of what to do, I consulted several places: I went to my manager, I read dozens of Harvard Business Review articles on dealing with conflicts—in short, I tried to get all sorts of opinions.
But, of course, the Spirit prompted me to pray. Once I did, I knew that God wanted to deal with the matter in a different way than I had been urged to. While others suggested confronting my colleague and clearing my reputation directly with the leaders, God called me to first forgive immediately and work meekly in the meantime. I see now that by allowing God to work, the truth eventually prevailed, and our relationship was preserved (even improved over the last year). There was no shortage of opinions available, but the one I should have sought first was God’s.
Pharaoh wanted an answer, and he hoped that Joseph would be the one to give it. But Joseph directed Pharaoh to see that it is not people that we should always rely on. God is the one who gives wisdom and provides the solution. While we are blessed to have others care deeply about our circumstances and share experience, we should always seek God first when making decisions and clarifying mysteries.
Today, if God places a quandary in front of us, let us go to Him first and ask how He would like us to solve the problem. Let us not trust our own experience; let us intentionally ask Him to guide us and lead us. We might find that God, in His infinite wisdom, has a different plan than our mere understanding will suggest. Let us become a people who habitually go to Him first before everything else!
Prayer: Father, we want to seek You first above all else. Please build in us the habit of seeking Your wisdom first before anything else. Help us avoid becoming “wise in [our] own eyes,” and teach us to approach You humbly in every moment. We want to be guided by You in all our ways. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Numbers 18
Lunch Break Study
Read James 1:5-8: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Questions to Consider
- In addition to asking for wisdom, what other quality should we ask for when seeking God?
- There are two parties in this exchange: the asker, and God. What does James say about God that ensures He is trustworthy in this exchange?
- After asking for wisdom, what is the next step? How well do we practice this in our lives?
- The person seeking wisdom shoud also be one of faith. The person who asks with doubt is not anchored in faith that God hears and provides. Therefore, he cannot be strong-minded and live with conviction in all circumstances. Wisdom would be wasted on such an individual.
- God is able to bestow wisdom. He also gives generously and impartially. Also importantly, God gives to us without reproach, never holding against us how we may be lacking before Him. Because God is able but generous, we can come to Him knowing that He will readily answer our prayer for wisdom.
- James points out that faith in our asking is a necessary part of receiving wisdom. This suggests that acting on faith is the required follow-up after we seek God’s wisdom. God’s wisdom will be displayed when we also proceed in humble faith that He guides us.
Was there an opportunity for you today to seek God’s wisdom in a strange circumstance? How do you know if it was God’s wisdom rather than yours? Let’s pray over the fruit of our actions and thoughts and pray for more opportunity tomorrow to seek and exercise His wisdom.