Wisdom in Trials

Henry Anhalt, his wife, Becky, and their three sons were on their way back to Florida from a weeklong mission journey to the Bahamas. The family was onboard a six-seat Piper Cherokee airplane, piloted by their friend, Kris Pierce. After a brief stopover in Fort Pierce to pass through U.S. Customs, they were again up in the air, flying toward Winter Haven, when Pierce collapsed at the controls.

Henry Anhalt discovered that the pilot was not only unconscious, but dead of a massive heart attack. Henry managed to get on the radio and call out a distress signal.

“Mayday! Mayday,” he cried over and over into the transmitter.

Don McCullough, a part-time flight instructor in Lakeland, heard Henry’s frantic message. Calmly and confidently, McCullough helped Henry work the controls and land the plane, delivering his wife and boys to safety.

I tell you that story to make this simple point: When he woke up that morning, Henry Anhalt had not intended to learn how to fly an airplane!

He learned how because he was in a position that he had to learn how.

In the same way, trials teach us things that we would never learn otherwise.

God uses trials to bless us with His wisdom.

As James talks about “counting it all joy” when we fall into all kinds of trials, he writes:

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

Trials have a way of revealing to us our need for wisdom. The times of pressure and difficulty in our lives take us beyond our own resources, outside the bounds of our own strength, knowledge, and skills, and bring us to our knees in prayer before God, so that we cry out: “Mayday! Mayday! Lord, I need your wisdom right now!”

Notice what happens when we cry out to God for wisdom: He gives it to us freely, or “liberally.” He gives it to us lovingly, or “without reproach.” The moment we cry out to Him for wisdom in our trial, the Lord opens His hand and says, “Child, I’m so glad you asked. Here’s all the wisdom you need.”

Today, if you are facing a trial and you don’t know what to do in the midst of it, simply cry out to God and ask for His wisdom. He’s waiting to give you exactly what you need!

Have a great day and keep moving forward!

Suggested Bible Reading

James 1:1-12; Proverbs 9:1-6

Prayer Guide

Today as you pray …

Pray that He will give you a fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom.

Thank Him for His promise to give you wisdom to face your trial.

Cry out to Him, asking for His wisdom for the trial you are experiencing.

Praise Him for His answer, for His provision, and for Jesus Christ, whose cross is the power and the wisdom of God.