If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. —James 1:5 (ESV)

I’m not sure what I would do without this verse. Lately, it seems every prayer I pray, whether aloud or silently, begins with the words “God, I need wisdom.” Wisdom to navigate relationships. Wisdom to handle situations at work. Wisdom to give wise counsel to those who ask it of me. Wisdom in what I write here.

The more I am asked to give counsel, the more aware I am of my need for God’s wisdom. I do not want God to say to me, like He said to a much better and wiser man, “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” Sometimes it makes me wish that I could refuse requests for counsel, that I could cease to write here. Yet I cannot.

And so I claim the promise.

I ask God for wisdom, and trust that He will give it generously.

Before I pick up the phone: “God, give me wisdom.” Before I write: “God, give me wisdom.” On my way to work: “God, give me wisdom.” When asked for counsel: “God, give me wisdom.”

Do you need wisdom today?

Then ask God, and He will give it to you generously and without reproach.

1 thought on “Wisdom

  1. Once or twice a year I am asked to fill in for my preacher. For whatever reason.

    Proverbs 4:7 – Wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

    1 Kings 3 :9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

    10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.

    11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;

    12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.

    The wisdom I ask for is the wisdom of God’s word. When I pray I always pray for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of your Word.

    Good post

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