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Uncategorized > Imagine Daily Devotion: Day 17, February 19, 2018

Imagine Daily Devotion: Day 17, February 19, 2018

This post was originally published on TheCity

By: Matt Watts 

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

How often do you turn to God FIRST when needing wisdom?  (All the time, most of the time, some of the time, rarely, or not at all) 

Have you ever watched a sporting event like football, basketball, or soccer and a player so open that if the person with the ball would just pass it to them, their team would score?  That is often how we treat wisdom when we need it.  At times, we feel like the person with the ball thinking we can score by ourselves.  We try to make the best decisions on our own without asking God first for wisdom.  When was the last time you asked God what should you wear today or what should you have for lunch?  You probably can’t remember.  I know I can’t.  We make a lot of simple decisions throughout our day without thinking of asking God.  So, when it comes to making harder decisions, we naturally try to do it on our own because of the habit we have created with making simple decisions on our own.  

Sometimes we may realize that we need help, but instead of turning to God first, we turn to someone else (a spouse, parent, sibling, or good friend).  Now, God may use this person to give His wisdom.  However, many times we just want this person to confirm the decision we have already thought were best.   When they give different advice, we may still stick with our way, take their advice, or become more confused. If we take their advice and it doesn’t work, we tend to blame them even though we chose to follow their advice.  This is like us passing the ball to someone you are comfortable passing to, but they have a defender on them.  Sometimes it works out.  Sometimes it doesn’t.  When it doesn’t, we blame them for the defender taking it away even though we passed it to them when they were well-covered.  
Through all of this God is patiently waiting willing to help.  He sees us trying to do things on our own.  He is the teammate wide-open who comes through every time.  He wants the best for us and also wants to give us His wisdom. He also wants us to desire His best for us, which is come to Him for wisdom and guidance not to think we know what is best for us.  

Just imagine… what God could do through us if we sought His wisdom first, before making decisions. 

Take time daily to pause and ask God for wisdom in simple things in order to build the habit of turning to Him first in everything, patiently listening to hear His wisdom.   

Heavenly Father, You know Your will for my life and what is best for me.  Guide me to turn to You first and lean on You for understanding, wisdom, and guidance, so that I may serve You and others according to Your will.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.