We have all, no doubt, read that passage in James about asking for wisdom. We probably have asked for it from time to time. How many of us can truly say we sit down and write out verses, pray with our family, over problems, finances or school and health and just life in general. I can tell you I have prayed and agonized over things and been very double minded, I hated it.
God made clear in Jeremiah 29 that He had good plans to prosper us. So, what happened? Well, in my case and likely yours as well if you chose to follow Him, you met with enemy attacks. I fought fear and worry. I was not good at making decisions or always thinking things through. Though I was determined to serve Him and become who wanted me to be. I was a good shopper, but I never had much money to manage. I expected to be blessed and prosper.
Often, we neglect to pay attention to things, I used to worry about tithes but really I sowed a lot more other ways. When I had money to give, I was a giver, when I did not, I could not. In my case it was a neglect of my health I was doing for others and leaving me out of the picture, the Jesus, Others, Yourself last equals Joy. It doesn’t always work that way, people take advantage of a good nature and you will be burned out. I hear the Spirit speaking rest to my soul, His shaloam peace. It’s is better to be Holy Spirit minded, than double minded. Better to let His wind be your wind, and not follow every wind of doctrine.
So, we are neglecting ourselves. Sometimes we are neglecting to talk to our families, deeper conversations, sowing in the Word and our beliefs. I taught more children and others I didn’t know more than I ever could talk to my family. Often older relatives, still see you as a child and not as an adult, because I looked young that was a problem too. I am just forever young. And maybe I don’t have the years or experience, but I have my Lord and I have had my share of situations to deal with, you can talk to me.
Sometimes, we neglect to save for the proverbial rainy day, or just some mad money. We dive into credit card debt and never come up. I never went into debt but never saved, and a lot of what I did fell more into volunteering. We do neglect to read and study His Word, but even more than that, we tend to do as James says, waver.
We must remember that Abraham, staggered not, at his promise. That means he did not waver even though it was years and he did have Ishmael. Waver, to and fro with every wind of doctrine. I studied healing because I needed it, but in that wait, I began to study everything else, and then my focus was of Isaiah 53, and sometimes, in pain, I identified too much with Jesus, enduring it instead of seeing Him risen and as the healer.
While, waiting for health I even studied prophecy, without realizing the gift of prophecy was already at work in me, indeed we are to follow after love and desire spiritual gifts, that we may prophesy or speak good things from God over our lives, making it a work He is able to complete, I was praying and speaking good things into others lives, and sometimes still neglecting my own. A few years back, people followed revivals, I had relatives go to at least two.
I went to a convention once, but I had so much back pain, it was hard for me to follow. I needed healing and I can receive at home just as well for he is not a respecter of persons, and I did not have to follow every wind of doctrine to find Him. He is the same yesterday, today and forever, Hebrews 13:8 says, and His Holy Spirit is the wind we should seek, and we don’t even have to chase God when He is following us, we do however have to seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:4, and while we are to live as peaceable as we can with others that is not always the case and we may have to step away from arguments and distractions to receive that peace which brings healing and the clarity not to be double minded.
It is hard to feel healed one day and not the next, sure or His will one moment and not the next, so we have to determine to stick to our decisions as believers, and know He heals, He delivers, He breaks chains of oppression and helps us overcome any doubts, fear and worry. He just never wants us to have an evil or unbelieving heart, even when we don’t see results.
We have to ask wisdom and be sure we will get it and be sure to use it and be obedient, especially to a rhema word or instruction that is specific. And we do that we will follow the wisdom that is our sister, and be wise women walking with wise, and you have to walk with the wise to grow wise, so who better to walk with than Jesus? Rebecca Jones / pexels