James 1: 5 —– If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Need wisdom? We all do. And the good news is that God wants to give it to you. He is eager to do so.
Just like it pleased God when Solomon asked for wisdom (1 Kings 3:7-14), it pleases God when we ask for wisdom. It’s God’s nature to give. He is a giving God.
This verse says three things about how God gives wisdom. He does so:
• Continually. “Ask God who gives …” He keeps on giving. He doesn’t run out of energy. He never wears out.
• Generously. God’s resources are unlimited. He has enough resources for everyone. He’s got plenty of wisdom to go around.
• Cheerfully. James says God gives “without finding fault.” God loves to give. It’s in His nature to give! Don’t get embarrassed to ask. He wants to give you wisdom!
Where do you need wisdom? We need wisdom on all matters in life but mostly we need wisdom to endure trials with God’s joy, so that we will be “perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (1:4). James realizes that in times of trials, God’s people often do lack His wisdom on how to endure those trials with joy.
Enduring trials with joy goes against our natural inclination. When trials hit, we’re all prone to ask, “Why is this happening to me?” But that is usually the wrong question. Sometimes, God graciously reveals to us the reason for our suffering, but not always. The important questions to ask when a trial hits are, “How can I understand this trial from God’s perspective? How can I navigate through this storm in such a way as to bring glory to God? How can this trial help me grow in maturity?”
God is interested in making us holy while we are generally looking for the easiest path out of our troubles. We will not become mature if we get offended and the offence will keep us away from our blessings. We have to learn to develop patience and focusing on maturity rather than the blessing.
We must continually ask God to fill us with His wisdom, thus enabling us to live obediently before Him in the midst of trials. The result will be a truly beautiful life that glorifies God.
If you really don’t know where to start, pray for wisdom and insight.