More resources for practicing stillness

- A Prayer for Stillness

- Become Simple

- Centering Prayer


Signposts: Daily Devotions

Thursday, July 2

If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting.
—James 1: 5-6a

Sometimes it seems that the world has not evolved much from the "Adam and Eve"era. We are still exercising independent thinking rather than relying on the wisdom of God. At creation we were given the freedom of choice as an expression of God's fervent love and admiration for us.


Yet even though we have free choice, we do not make choices in a vacuum. God does not leave us helpless when we need to make decisions that will require us to compromise or reposition our lives.  When we rely only on our own understanding, rather than God's wisdom, we go against the very core of our being. God wants to give us the desires of our hearts but we must first ask for the wisdom that God offers.

When we are uncertain of the direction of our lives and fear the choices that we have before us, we can go ahead and just make a decision or we can sit in stillness and ask God to give us wisdom as we take our next step forward.  

Here's an example. Suppose you receive a modest offer from your
current employer asking you to take on a newly acquired executive position. It will require a move to another state. To accept this offer would mean that your family's infrastructure as you know it would be uprooted. Your children would have to say goodbye to their friends, to their childhood home, to their school system—and to any extra-curricular programs they are involved in. Your spouse's life would be compromised as well with a loss of friends, family, place of employment, and the life that is known and familiar.

Before making a final decision to accept the offer, taking that step to sit in stillness and ask for God's wisdom will always give you better clarity about moving ahead.  The wisdom from above is always there if only it is asked for.

Gracious God, when the way is foggy and uncertain, let your perfect wisdom flow through me until my soul is clear.

Copyright © 2009 Cleophes Carter Jr.