Ask for Wisdom! – Part 1
“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.” (James 1:5 NIV)
Wisdom is more than just the application of knowledge. It is discernment about the circumstances surrounding us, a clear understanding of what God’s will is with regard to the situation, and then the ability to do what God wants us to do. It’s being able to get right to the bottom of the matter and say, “Here’s the real thing facing us, and this is what God’s will is concerning this thing. Now, let’s do it in the name of the Lord!” A person who is able to do that is a person who is wise.
James says in his New Testament letter that if any believer lacks that wisdom that comes from God and finds themselves confused and bewildered as to what to do, that person should ask God. We have to tell him our request; we have to pray the prayer! After all, we have access to God. We know that this access is no longer just limited to the Old Testament priests. In fact, under the new covenant, every believer is a priest, and through Jesus Christ, we have access to God’s throne of grace. This is important, because it means we can go to God’s presence and ask him continually for what we need. Isn’t it amazing that God has opened a new and living way for us through our Lord Jesus Christ, and we don’t always avail ourselves of it?
Perhaps we don’t ask God for what we need because we don’t fully grasp one of God’s attributes, which is that he loves to give. Also, he loves us! And when you love someone, you want to give them gifts. Further, James says that God gives generously! When he gives to us, he doesn’t do it grudgingly, telling us that we don’t deserve it and reminding us of the ways we have failed before. No, that’s what the devil does. God is a giving God and he does it without finding fault. He never complains when we come to him with our requests. We never bother him. So James says, “Don’t live without what you need. Keep asking God!” He later says that every good gift comes from God, so we can come to him not just for wisdom, but for everything that we need. James is telling us to be people of prayer, not in order to fulfill a religious duty, but because we can’t live without those things that only God can give us. After giving us his Son, how much more will God the Father give us wisdom and everything else we need! “It will be given to you!” That’s the promise.
To be continued…
Read James 1:5-6.