Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.  James 1:5 NLT

I have been trying to help a friend this week deal with a very tricky problem.

My friend has been a good Christian for many years and has been confronted with a major problem. She wasn't sure what to do and asked me. The truth was, I wasn't sure what she should do either, and we both decided on the 'lesser of two evils' after consulting a third wise friend. Even in the midst of this situation my friend isn't sure she is doing the right thing but is praying for guidance and wisdom.

As I said I've known this person for many years; she is a sister in Christ to me, and I have had a lot of respect for her over the years, but all of a sudden, because of her new situation she has come right into my spiritual orbit in a way she has never been before. It's as if something of the care, compassion and love of God for her has touched me. I find that very encouraging and I hope she will too when she reads this! It's not an easy situation to deal with and one that will no doubt have cost her a great deal, although she's not told me that!

This verse struck me so powerfully as I thought of her situation and the number of difficult situations we face as Christians. Whether you're dealing with a personal problem, a difficult child, a marriage that's gone wrong or some difficulty at work or home always remember that our God wants us to ask for His help.

This verse tells us He is a generous God. He is waiting for you and your problem to come to Him. His heart is full of wisdom to impart to His people and He longs to guide us through every difficulty that we face. This word says He will not rebuke you for asking. Isn't that a lovely thought? I don't think He would mind even in our anxiety if we asked Him several times, over and over again.

How many times as Christians do we try to solve difficult problems on our own and normally make a hash of it? How often we forget to come to the One who is brimming over with goodness and wisdom, ready to guide us in every anxious moment. How surprised we are when we do ask and He answers! Again and again we our amazed at the interest our Heavenly Father has in the minutest detail of our lives.

So, today as you face this new day, remember to ask our most generous God for His abundant wisdom and grace for each new situation you meet.