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When things aren’t naturally going the right way for you, the key transitional switch is to REFOCUS. First, refocus on the results that are inevitable in the midst of your troubles. Secondly, when you need wisdom, refocus on a new perspective from God, which can only come through the powerful gift of wisdom.
5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generouslyand without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But hemust ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 beinga double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Now, in the midst of a trial it’s difficult to know what to do. Many times, these trials call for decisions to be made. So, in a time such as this, refocus by asking God for wisdom. NOTE that you are encouraged to ask God for wisdom, and He will give it to you, only for the asking. NOTE the progression: 1) You need wisdom. 2) You’re invited to ask God for it. 3) God comes through and gives you wisdom…generously! 4) And, God will not criticize you for what you do with this wisdom.
I hang on to this promise with everything I’ve got! I ask Him for wisdom, and I believe He will give it to me as I need it. NOTE that you must ask in faith without doubting. In other words, ask Him for wisdom and count on the fact that He will give it to you and act out accordingly with this wisdom from God. If you doubt, you will not get it and you will be tossed about on the surf by the winds of life’s circumstances. You cannot expect to receive anything when doubting. HOWEVER, if you ask for wisdom in faith without doubting, you can expect that you will receive it!
This seems to coincide with the promise of great escapes-I Corinthians 10:13, where God provides a mountain pass in order for you to get through it…not out of it, but through it! Why? Because the best way out is through!