Wanted: Wisdom

William C. Brownson

READ : James 1:5-8

If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting . . . . (vv. 5-6)

You know what wisdom is. Not intelligence; many bright people are notoriously unwise. Not education; you may be an educated fool. Wisdom is practical, down-to-earth. It’s knowing how to make tough decisions, how to deal with distressing situations. Wisdom comes from knowing God and living your life before him.

James says, “If any of you lack wisdom . . .” When I read that, I almost laugh. Who doesn’t lack it? We all qualify there. We all face hard choices, vexing problems. Many times we’re at a loss about what to do.

So what’s the answer? “Ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.” It’s that simple. Just ask.

Then James adds, “ask in faith.” That is, believe that God will actually give you the wisdom you need. If you don’t trust him to do that, you short-circuit your own prayer. You’re asking with a doubting, divided mind.

We aren’t told just how the wisdom will come, or when. But God keeps his promises. When you have to face the crisis or make the decision, you’ll know. Isn’t that wonderful?

PRAYER

Thank you, God, that when we lack wisdom, and ask you trustingly for it, you always come through.