Every student has one subject that’s always a struggle. For me it’s math. Rarely would a math lesson go by that I didn’t need help, but asking for help is not easy. I quickly learned that for me to ask a teacher for help, they needed three things: #1 They had to know the answer. Let’s face it; some teachers only know what’s in the book and nothing more. #2 They had to be able to share with me what they know. Some teacher’s know a lot but when they teach, it sounds like a bunch of mumbo jumbo. #3 They have to want to help you. Some teachers are so moody you have to catch them on a good day if you have any hope of real assistance. Regardless of how confused I might have been, unless a teacher has all three of these things, I doubt I’d even bother to raise my hand.
I wonder, would you raise your hand to ask God a question? Did you know that when you are confused, and need some answers God wants you to go to Him for help? It’s true. James 1:6 says “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” Think about that. If you need wisdom about anything , ANYTHING, all you have to do is ask God and He will give you wisdom generously. Wow, that’s fantastic, but here’s the next question: why don’t we ask? Maybe, like me and my math teacher, deep down we’re not sure that asking God for wisdom would really help. Let’s look at how God stands up to my three things a teacher needs for me to ask for help.
#1 Does God know the answer? Do you believe that God knows how to handle your parenting problem, your marital problem, your financial problem or your work problem? Do you believe God has wisdom to give you in all areas of your life or just some? #2 Does God have a way to share His wisdom with you? If you ask God for help, will He put people in your life to guide you? Will He use scriptures, books, songs, sermons, billboards and bumper stickers to give you insight? Will God meet with you through prayer? And #3 Does God want to help you? Does He want to give you wisdom as much when you’ve messed up as when you’re doing good? Is God really close enough to give specific direction or does He only throw down blessings with no interaction with you?
God knows you and I do not ask for help enough and He knows why. After the verse where we’re told to ask God for wisdom, James 1:6 says, “But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” Don’t be tossed by the wind and miss the wisdom God is yearning to share with you. Do you believe God can give you wisdom? If not, pray for God to find ways to lift your doubts. But if you do believe, don’t hold back… ASK.