If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Have you ever had the experience of taking responsibility for something dumb that you did, and then wishing that you hadn’t, since it only brought you a boat-load of reproaches and trouble?
That might be the way men treat you, but it certainly isn’t the way God handles you. Take a look at God’s attitude when he sees you taking responsibility for your ignorance by coming to Him for help.
As far as He is concerned you are off the hook for not knowing what to do. The fact that you were proactive in coming to ask, is enough for Him. He is more than happy with your honesty to admit that you don’t have all you need, and sees it as His privilege to supply it. That’s how gracious He is.
If you ever hear a message preached or you are given advice that leaves you feeling condemned, it is because of one of two things: either the pastor doesn’t know how to rightly divide the Word or else he is trying to appeal to your flesh to get you to change. Either way he has failed to understand the heart of God and to operate under the better covenant that Jesus has provided. There is no place for us to feel ashamed under our covenant.
It’s a remarkable thing that when God genuinely corrects you by His Spirit, you will be left with a feeling that He gave you candy. He will never leave you helpless or condemned. He will always give you a way out. His goodness leads you to repentance. Fault finding is not from Him.
As you relax with God today in the light of His goodness, why not make an effort to check how you are treating others who might be coming to you and owning up for some mistake. Your kids for instance. Make sure you don’t beat them down, but that you cut them come slack, so that they can experience the heart of God through you!
Heavenly Father, thank you for your kindness towards me. Right now I acknowledge that I don’t know everything I need to know and I ask you for wisdom. I am delighted to receive it from you, without any sense of condemnation.
Thank you also for the grace to let others off the hook today, when they come to me to ask for help. I believe that I operate in supernatural wisdom, kindness and goodness today, in Jesus name!