If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:5-6 (NLT)
There was something wrong with the calculations I did for a project at work. I could feel it. Something wasn't sitting right. It kept nagging at me but I didn't know where to look. Finally, I prayed about it and through a set of circumstances that unfolded (that's another Thought), I felt like I should look into this one area.
So, I put it off. You'd think that I would have immediately gone to that spot, to the very place that was revealed to me and fix the problem, right? But I didn't. You know why? Because I would have had to admit that I made the mistake and well, that was embarrassing.
I was trying to put my faith in my abilities and not rely on God's wisdom. After a few days, I took a deep breath and faced it. I had a missing value in a spreadsheet that was throwing things off. After I figured that out, I took out all the spreadsheets and redid all the calculations to see where we stood. And then, I shared my findings with the team.
I've heard today's text over and over again. If you need wisdom ask God but it wasn't until very recently that I noticed the next verse. But when you ask him, be sure your faith is in God alone. I was asking for wisdom but I was trying to put my faith in my capabilities instead of in where God was directing me.
What if I'd buried my head in the sand and not looked? What if I never got the courage to face my mistake? Lesson Learned? Ask for wisdom because you'll get the answer. When you get the answer, dive into it and put your faith where it needs to be. In God alone..