If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and unbraideth not; and it shall be given him.–James 1:5
We are to ask God for wisdom in dealing with our trials, not just deliverance from them. As mentioned in yesterday’s post (Part 2: Patience), we need patience when going through trials, and sometimes that means dealing with the trial and working through it; not getting out of it.
Wisdom is the spiritual capacity to see and evaluate life from God’s perspective. It means making right choices and doing the right thing according to the will of God as revealed in His Word and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
When we go through trials or temptations we always want to look at it from our perspective. Why me? Why do I have to go through this? We don’t look at it from God’s perspective that he might be strengthening us, for something bigger in our life. Trials are a lot like weight lifting. When lifting weights, you have a set weight you lift, then some days you add on some more weight. Yeah, you feel a little pain afterwords, but after a few days it goes away and it helps you lift more later on. Trials are the same way. We go through the trial, it hurts for a bit of time, but later on, we can handle more.
Many times we will not know why we had to go through times of temptation until we’re in heaven. That’s were patience and wisdom come into play here on Earth. We have to remember that God loves us and wants what is best for us, not what we want, but what is best for us. Just as earthly parents sometimes let there children struggle through certain tasks or situations, so they are prepared later on in life, God does the same with us. We must pray if its not God’s Will to remove the struggle that He would give us the wisdom, understanding, and patience to get through it.