Patience in Seeking Wisdom

I am a slow learner, but at least I am learning. In studying James 1, I have always seen the verses about patience as being entirely separate from those about wisdom – until today. Sure, I knew it was wise to be patient – not that I have had much experience with patience! But I never considered how vital it is to be patient in seeking wisdom – until today. Just this morning, the Lord led me to read the first 10 verses of James 1. At last, I found a nugget of truth that could change my life – and yours, too.

I have sought wisdom from the Lord countless times, but I have not often sought it with patience. I so desperately wanted the wisdom that I was not willing to wait for it. The Bible teaches me to “wait” on the Lord, but I have not often done so. What did I do instead? I was so desperate to know His will that I made assumptions about it. I tried to figure it out on my own.

These scriptures teach that God will give wisdom to those who ask for it in faith, but nowhere do these scriptures say the wisdom will be given to us in the time frame we desire. The Lord will give us wisdom in His time, but sadly I have not often had the patience to both seek and to wait for His wisdom.

The first four verses teach that patience has a “perfect work”. If I am patient in seeking wisdom from God, I will receive His perfect wisdom – in His perfect time. But if I pray for wisdom and do not allow patience to have her “perfect work”, then I will miss God’s perfect wisdom. I may well end up with a mess like I have so many times before. Why? I have a tendency to become so impatient – and fearful – in seeking wisdom that I go dashing off to find my own answers. I have also been known to convince myself, and even others, that my own answers are His. I have not received a perfect work when I do this. Nor have I received God’s wisdom. I have found myself yet again with a mess on my hands, and often on my heart!

Imagine if I practice patience in seeking wisdom. Imagine if I wait until God truly gives me His answer. What a different outcome I will have. God wants to give me His wisdom, and He wants me to be patient in waiting for it.

Until today, I assumed I could wave my magic prayer wand and receive wisdom as soon as I asked for it. Today, I will set down my magic wand, repent for taking so many matters into my own hands due to my impatience and fear, and begin learning how to wait on the Lord.

Jas 1:1 KJV  “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. 
Jas 1:2  My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 
Jas 1:3  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 
Jas 1:4  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 
Jas 1:5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 
Jas 1:6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 
Jas 1:7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 
Jas 1:8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

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