Wisdom When We Need It

William C. Brownson

READ : James 1:2-8

Remember what “wisdom” is? It’s not intelligence. People can have high I.Q.‘s and be utterly foolish even arch-criminals! Wisdom is not just extensive knowledge. Much learning may make us weary, but not necessarily wise. Wisdom is intensely practical. It means knowing how to live, how to cope. To be wise, according to the preacher in Ecclesiastes, is “to know the right time and method for action” (Ecc. 8:5).

Suppose you stand at a crossroads in your life, and you don’t know which path to take. Suppose you face a vexing problem, and you haven’t a clue about how to deal with it. You need wisdom…”

James says, “If any of you is lacking in wisdom. . . .” We all qualify there, don’t we? We’re all stumped at times. So this is a word for us.

For our encouragement, James reminds us that God is a Giver by nature, that he “gives to all generously and ungrudgingly.” We can appeal to him with strong confidence.

When we ask for wisdom in that way, here’s the promise: “it will be given.” We aren’t told just when or exactly how, but when the moment of crisis or decision comes, we’ll have the light and help we need.


God, help us to realize how much we need your wisdom, and to ask you for it in simple trust. Amen.