Seeking Wisdom (by Elder Jeff Kataoka)

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

Every day we make decisions.  Sometimes the decisions are small like, “What should I eat for breakfast?” or “Which route to work is the fastest drive?”

Sometimes they're bigger questions  such as, “Should I put an offer in to purchase this condo?” or “How should I share the Gospel with my best friend?”

Most times, we don’t think about it and just make a quick decision. Sometimes, we struggle with the decision making and wonder how to make a wise choice. We want to seek out wisdom to make the correct decision.  

Where or who do you turn to for wise insight? Your first choice should be God when making an important decision. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5  

Many times, we just make the decision on our own, thinking we have the knowledge and experience to decide. Other times, we may seek a family member, friend or a recommended expert for guidance. Yet, if we feel lacking in wisdom to make the “right” decision or even when we want to make sure that we are making the correct choice, we should seek out God to help us.

So, how should we do that? For each individual, the process of seeking out God’s wisdom might vary, but for me, I try to remember to start with prayer. Asking the Lord for clarity in making a wise decision can be the first step in your process. I still try to consider all of the information and options with the hope that the Lord will help direct me in my thinking. Sometimes that guidance can lead me to wise advice from others or the feeling that God is leading me to a particular choice. Other times, it still requires further prayer and searching the Bible for His direction. As James writes, we need to actively “ask God”.

Our church is trying to find a new church property and to sell our current SanLo property. In the future, our elders and church members will have to evaluate and decide on whether a possible facility and location is the one that God has in mind for our church to move to, as well as which prospective buyer and offer to accept for selling our church property. We will be looking for God to guide us.

We will be “seeking wisdom” from the Lord in what we do. When that time comes, the church leadership will ask the church members to review and consider all of the information and vote on the purchase of a new site and/or the sale of our church. That will be an important time. Please start in earnest prayer today for the Lord to give you wisdom on your voting when that time comes. If you seek wisdom from God, it will be given.                                     -Jeff Kataoka