When God’s wisdom does not seem to come

| November 5, 2014


Have you ever been stuck in a position where you’ve no idea what to do and what you should be doing? And you pray for God’s wisdom as promised in the Bible, but still don’t seem to be getting it?

Well, I have been in this place for awhile now, and I know how it feels. You feel like you are just drifting along, not knowing exactly where you should be headed and no solution/destination seems to inspire. I’ve prayed, meditated and claimed the famous verse found in James 1:5.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
– James 1:5

It says clearly that when we ask for wisdom, God will give it. It’s supposed to be simple, but I just found myself seemingly not receiving any wisdom on my situation. I still did not know what I should be doing, I was still aimless and directionless in this particular situation of mine. I feel like the Israelites, wondering around the desert, except that they had a destination given to them, but I didn’t.

The greatest frustration of all is that I had to face my issue almost everyday of my life. It was not a problem or a situation in a small corner of my life, where I visited it once in awhile. But it was something I had to face almost everyday and acknowledge my clueless-ness and loss. “Why God is the wisdom You’ve promised in Your word not coming to me? I’m not even asking for a definite answer right now, even just some hint or assurance that I am where I am supposed to be will be just fine. Just some wisdom, any wisdom.”

Then of course, like many of us, I start thinking if I should be doing this or that, even though I don’t feel led or inspired to do so. I begin doubting myself and whether my own personal preference is causing me not to do the right thing. Perhaps I should try this, even if I’m really dragging my feet, and I start working out a solution that quickly fizzles out into procrastination. Part of me feels that this is not the way I should be going, but is it really God guiding or is it just me not willing to do it? All these doubts and questions spin around in my mind constantly.

I pray that none of you will ever have to be in my shoes. But if you are, I just want you to know that you are not alone.

What I do all the time in the midst of my struggle, I try to focus on two main things:

1. God loves me.
2. God is good.

As a child of my God, I know that He loves me so much. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for me (us). He loves me. And you should also constantly remind yourself of this unchangeable and undeniable fact, HE LOVES YOU. When I remind myself of His love for me, I draw strength and comfort that He is watching over me. He cares for me and He hurts when we hurt, just like a parent hurts when their children fall down. He will not allow me to go over the deep end.

Apart from knowing that He loves me, I remind myself that He is good. There are many parents who seem to love their children, but have no idea how to be good parents. But our God is not like that. His goodness is perfect. And when we focus on the fact that our God is good, we can draw strength that He will do what whatever is necessary to save us. He has structured and planned everything in my life FOR MY GOOD. I don’t understand how drifting along aimlessly is good for me, but at least it has forced me to acknowledge my own limitations and to focus on Him. So that must be something good isn’t it?

Thinking back on the stories of Biblical heroes, I see a few examples of great men and women of God who might also have been in a position to cry out to God like us, ‘Why is wisdom not coming?’. People like Esther, Daniel’s three friends and perhaps even Abraham.

Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.
– Esther 4:16

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.
– Dan 3:16-18

The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.”
– Gen 12:1

Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh. And the Canaanites were in the land . Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your descendants I will give this land.’
– Gen 12:5,6

Did you know that the journey Abram took with his entire family with all their belongings on foot was about 1000 miles? A rough estimate of 10-20 miles a day will take Abram more than 50 days if they walked everyday, which was unlikely. It is one thing to be walking alone, but imagine having your entire family, and your herds and belongings with you? And just simply walking without actually knowing when you can stop and when you have arrived. I bet that Abram must have asked God many times during that arduous walk for wisdom and direction. And not just Abram, Esther and Daniel’s three friends all knew what they needed to do, but they had no idea how it will turn out. I guess the main difference is that they all seemed to know confidently what they needed to do, except that they didn’t know what the outcome will be. Could they have doubted whether God was really directing to do what they did? I believe so especially since they did not know if they were going to die.

Why is God not giving me and you the wisdom we so desperately need and ask for? I don’t know. Maybe He has already given it, except that we don’t know. But one other thing that I’ve recently being reminded and convicted about is that God seems to delight in faith. We all probably know the various verses in the Bible talking about the importance of faith. But only when we are going through circumstances like this, that we truly see what it means to have faith and to embrace the concept that God loves faith. Could He have told Abram right at the beginning where He was headed? Could He have told Abraham that He was going to provide a ram instead of Isaac as a sacrifice? Sure He could. But He chose not to. We can all ask Him why when we see Him in heaven. But He has also explained to us:

For without faith, it is impossible to please God.
– Heb 11:6

Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’
– John 20:29

Finally, what inspired me to write this post was an encouragement from God that I received just this morning from a book that I was reading titled ‘Following God’s Plan for Your Life’ (surprise, surprise) by Kenneth E. Hagin. I felt that it was a word for me, though I’m still trying to discern and confirm it. Kenneth Hagin was sharing about how God guides his life.

‘If God wants me to go somewhere else, He has enough sense to talk to me. He’s an intelligent Being, and so am I. I’ll understand what He’s saying to me. I’m in contact with God, and I’m open to His leading. He’ll give me the signal when He’s ready for me to move on. I’ll know it on the inside of me by the inward witness.’

That’s how I’ve operated in my almost sixty years of ministry as I’ve followed God’s plan for my life. I go as much by what the Lord doesn’t say as I do by what He does say.

I guess what I really need is also the faith to believe that when God wants me to do something else, I will hear Him. I just need to be open to His leading and trust that when I don’t seem to hear anything, it maybe just that He wants me to continue doing what I’m doing.




Category: Anxiety & Problems, Prayer

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I have been a follower of Christ for more than 20 years now. Started from a Methodist church, then went on to a few charasmatic churches and again back to a Methodist church now. Thus I have experienced and seen a wide flavor of different denominations. Personally, I consider myself non-denominational as I can worship in many different styles. The important thing is that I follow the gospel and love Jesus. I am currently serving as a musician and a worship leader in my church. I believe that my calling is to help others enter into the presence of God through worship. I also enjoy teaching and discipling other believers, which is the main reason why this site was started. I hope to find other believers to join me in this cause to reach out and encourage other believers.

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