What Should I Do?

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, [without reproach]; and it shall be given him.”

James 1:5

I have faced many times in my life when I flat out did not know what to do. My brain was at a loss and I didn’t know where to turn or which direction to take. I did not want to mess up and I wanted to make sure I was making the right decision. I am grateful for this verse as it provides the greatest resource of what to do in this very situation.

I was riding in the car with my pastor one day when he asked me a startling question. He asked me if I would be interested in running a Christian school that he felt God was leading him to start. As we continued talking, I realized he was asking me to quit my job and work for a salary that was about half of what I was currently making. It was May, and he wanted to start the school in August. I was dumbfounded by the question and did not know what to do as I was floored by his question.

I came home and told Rebekah and we were both excited and scared at the proposition. I had just graduated from ASU and had some feelers out in the job market. My work had reimbursed me for my education, and I had to stay there at least one year after graduating or pay them back for my tuition. That amount that I would owe was pretty high and this only served to muddy the waters even more. I wanted to work in the ministry, but I was not entirely sure if this was God calling me to it or if I just didn’t want to disappoint my pastor.

He gave me a couple of weeks to think it over which seemed like such a short time. Rebekah and I prayed over what to do and begged God for wisdom to make the right choice. The following two weeks were filled with questions, pros and cons, and the ever-present “what ifs” of life. I was sitting in church one night and thinking about it as the decision consumed me. I was asking God what to do and He gave me a peace and wisdom to quit my job and go start the new Christian school. He didn’t immediately answer all my questions, but He shed light on what He wanted me to do next. I put my two week notice in shortly after, and I prepared to take the school job. My work forgave my school debt and gave me their blessing. Rebekah soon after got promoted, and I got a raise as well. God provided in all aspects and His wisdom was bountiful. I never doubted the decision I made, and I am grateful for a God who liberally gives wisdom when we ask Him.

Are you need of wisdom today? What decision are you struggling with? Are you asking God daily for wisdom – even for decisions that seem simple? We are desperately in need of God’s wisdom and direction. God does not give you a little bit of wisdom, but He gives liberally if you will only ask. Solomon had one request of God and he asked for wisdom to govern over God’s people. He could have wished for riches or long life but he sought that which was truly important. Will you live life with your limited wisdom or will you ask of God who possesses all wisdom? May we desire God’s wisdom and may we boldly approach Him in asking for it.

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