“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. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt…” (Jam 1:5, 6)
In this world we experience many challenges: health, financial, marital, children, ministry, jobs…As different as these trials are, there is a common need in them all: the request for wisdom from God.
Wisdom is the skill, the capacity, to practically apply the scriptures in daily living. Many people memorize and quote the Word of God but they seem unable to apply what they know. The Word of God remains a stranger to their lives, more like a decoration than real food for the spirit. The scriptures do not ‘work’ for them. They lack godly wisdom.
Wisdom is not the same as intelligence or education. There are many men who have PHDs but their lives are a mess. Wisdom is a gift from God giving to the humble that have faith. They recognize the need and the value for it. That is why James says: “If any of you lacks wisdom…” We all lack wisdom, we are all basically weak, ignorant and foolish, but few recognize the need for wisdom from God.
For the people who desire wisdom the advice is to ask, to pray to God. Wisdom does not come from men, so do not look around for none can supply it. Wisdom comes only from God, so look up and pray with faith. God may find fault with other requests when we pray amiss, but the prayer for wisdom is always answered, 100%. This is a great encouragement, for any answer to prayer is a stepping stone to increase your faith for later challenges. When God sends His Word of Wisdom, it is always generously done. You shall know what to do in your present circumstances, and even much more than that. God encourages us to be wise children; this is one of His attributes as a Father. The wisdom of God always leads to victory and greater testimony.
Practically, what can you do? If you are sick: pray for wisdom…if you are in trouble: pray for wisdom…if you have financial stress: pray for wisdom…The prayer is the same, God is the same, but the answers are many, adapted to your needs. O, the sweet power released when God speaks to you… directing your path… His Word of Wisdom may be very different than the human common sense you are used to. But wisdom from heaven never fails. It is the love expression of the Wonderful Counsellor, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Wisdom of God.
“Father, I have a great need. I come to ask for wisdom for my situation right now. I believe that You will give it to me according to your promise in James 1:5. I promise to give You all the glory when my problem is solved. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!”