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A View from the Altar / Some things God mostly won’t do, and one he will
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Some things God mostly won’t do, and one he will

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  (ESV)

When people ask about the will of God during a period of important decision making, they’re usually asking about three different things, one of which God will help you with, the second of which it’s very likely he won’t… though he could… and the third is something he almost never does.

Third thing first.  The Lord is almost for sure not going to spoon feed you with easy, slam-dunk answers throughout life and make you look clairvoyant.  This is particularly true if the questions you’re asking are leading you to ignore weightier matters of righteousness while getting all tensed up about a job, a purchase, or a move.  Saul the son of Kish was busy looking for his lost donkey when he learned that Samuel the prophet was nearby, so he decided to ask Samuel to reveal the location of his donkey.  It’s not that donkeys were unimportant; in those days, losing a donkey would be like a farmer losing one of his tractors.  Nevertheless, the story presents Saul as the archetype of childish folly.  Standing before a prophet who could have told him anything from God, he could think only of his donkey and figured he could get Samuel to unlock the secret for a fourth of a shekel.  (1 Sam 9:8)  His understanding of the situation did not even rise to the level of ridiculous.  We do the same thing when we dismiss the unsearchable riches of Christ to focus too intently on some matter of temporal importance.  Let’s not get last things first as Saul did — and you see how he turned out.

The second thing which the Lord is unlikely to do is provide a sign like he did for Gideon.  This will come as a disappointment for readers from Charismatic congregations, but please hear me out.  Even in Scripture where miracles occurred frequently, direct miracles of revelation were rare.  In Gideon’s case, we must remember that he had already received a revelation about saving his nation, and his two confirmations involving the famous fleece came only to reassure him about what had already been given.  This is not to say it can’t happen; God can do what he wants and he certainly doesn’t consult Bro. Steve for advice.  (Rom 11:34)  But based on the history of what the Lord has done, you’d have to say it’s pretty rare, and you’re asking for an extraordinary thing when you request a sign.  I’m just telling you this so you won’t waste a lot of time and get disappointed because chances are he’s going to cast you back on the next thing, which is wisdom.

One of the things God said he’ll do is grant wisdom to people who ask for it in faith.  Solomon asked for it and got it, and God hasn’t changed since that day.  Here’s the big problem with wisdom: We don’t like it.  Doing what’s wise requires that we attend to important matters first — following Christ in righteousness — and then use biblical principles to identify smart choices.  By pursuing wisdom, learning facts, discerning truth from lie, mixing in a bit of biblically trained intuition, you’ll sometimes look like you knew things in advance.  But then you’ll also make some mistakes and learn from them, grow in grace, and do better next time.  Just like there is no instant sanctification, there is no instant wisdom.  It’s a process of growing in our understanding of the mind of the Lord, understanding life as the Lord would have it, and trusting in faith upon God’s providence to work out the details.

And to nobody’s surprise, this all sounds an awful lot like where we started a few days ago:  Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

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