“If any of you lacks wisdom let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally and does not play favorites, and he will give it to you.” – James 1:5
“If any of you lacks wisdom?” We all lack wisdom at some point. Thinking about the choice of words here I think the words make a point I have rarely heard preached. Maybe you might want to rewrite it to say that when you lack wisdom, but by stating it the original way it actually makes an interesting point. If you don’t believe you lack wisdom then you won’t see your lack. If you lack wisdom, that feels more like a personal opinion.
So why does this suggestion of mine matter?
Well part of getting wisdom from God is to see your lack. If you don’t see that you have a need then you won’t ask. And if you don’t ask then you won’t receive. So it all begins with this notion of recognizing your lack.
And when you lack wisdom where do you turn?
I know you want to make the right choice. Maybe you search Google or suggestions, ask your family and friends, perhaps read a book or listen to a podcast. Now what about asking God? Surely the author of wisdom can guide you to the answers, so then why is he the last to hear about it?
Verse 6 goes on to instruct us to ask in faith, not doubting. Have you ever prayed about a problem, yet you didn’t really want the answer? Maybe you didn’t even believe God would answer? Well then, if you don’t really want a good answer then forget it. Faith comes to God expecting an answer, wanting an answer, wanting to use the answer given.
God desires to teach. Will you be his student? Do you desire to become wise, make wise choices, do what is best? Then bring the matter to your Heavenly Father. He will instruct you for life’s issues.
These morning meditations written by Christian believer and author, Patricia Hawkins, who offers these meditations for your personal edification. You may contact Patricia at firstname.lastname@example.org.