Are you unsure of the direction you need to take in a certain area of your life? Do you need to know the best way to deal with a difficult person or situation? There are a great number of situations in which we find ourselves that require divine wisdom from God. The solutions to our problems are not always obvious. Often, they require that we hear from the Holy Spirit.
If You Lack Wisdom
James 1:4 states that if anyone lacks wisdom, all that needs to be done is ask God. There is a condition. We must ask in faith without wavering. In a previous post, I discussed wavering. We all waver in faith from time to time. Read that post if you need encouragement and help for a wavering mind. Once you have your mind set, ask God. He will not withhold what you need. As a matter of fact, Psalm 84:11 declares that the Lord withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly.
Wisdom is a good thing, and it is a necessity to walk successfully in this life. God will not withhold wisdom from you. As for the part about walking uprightly, no one is perfect, but if you are placing your trust in Christ and walking daily with Him, then you are walking uprightly. You will not be perfect, but you will not be living in a state of sin.
Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
After you have asked for wisdom, you must wait. Sometimes the answer comes quickly. Most of the time, it comes rather slowly.
In my own personal experience, I have found that when I am waiting for God to show me what direction I need to take, or what I need to do about a given situation, the answer often comes when I am not even thinking about what I am needing. For example, I have spent time praying about wisdom and for God to show me clear direction. I have gone about my business to have the answer come to me when I was cleaning house or working on another task.
If you are waiting for God to show you direction in your life, do not give up. He will guide you. Often, when you do not know what should be done, it means you should do nothing until you hear from God. Now, I understand that some situations need an immediate answer. I believe God will bring the answer as needed. It is important that you seek Him everyday, and ask Him to prepare you for anything unexpected. Then, when a need arises, God will show you the answer.
How God Speaks
When I mention that God speaks to me, I do not mean that I hear Him in an audible voice. There are several ways I hear from God. He speaks through His word. That is why we need to read and study the Bible on a regular basis. Another way He speaks is a knowing that you will have in your spirit (that is the only way I know to describe it). He will speak through other people. When He speaks through someone else, it is usually a confirmation of what you already know. This is not always the case, but your spirit will bear witness if a word from someone else is from God.
In my own life, I have been seeking God for an answer to my own health issues. He has been speaking to me for a while, but I was certain that I was not hearing from Him. Finally, I got it. The very answer I had been refusing was the one He had for me. Suffice it to say, I have great joy and peace now that I have surrendered that to him. (I will share more about this in the future.)
What about you? Is your situation far from needing a cut and dry answer? Our God has the answers that go beyond what is obvious. Keep asking Him! He will give clear direction.