James 1:5-6: Wisdom
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” Verse 5
Teachers often tell their students that ‘the only stupid question is one that wasn’t asked’. God does not expect us to know everything, in fact we will never know everything about God or always know the right decision. But, God does care about us asking and looking for an answer. When we are struggling with what to do or understanding, we should not just pretend to know or hide from looking. We should ask God for wisdom. Firstly, we need to be doing this in prayer, but also by reading our Bibles and asking fellow believers. He does not have a list of criteria to fulfill before you can receive it, you only need to ask.
“But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” Verse 6
This is not a threat, this is not a punishment for those who doubt. When we doubt it causes us to waver and struggle because we cannot be certain. When doubt creeps in, fear often creeps in too drawing us further away from the safe and solid path. James is reminding us not to doubt when we are indecisive and don’t know which way to go, but to stay strong because God will provide if we ask it of him.
What wisdom do you need to ask God for?
How are you staying firm in your faith? Do you need to ask God to steady you?
Ask God to speak wisdom into you, but do not be surprised if that wisdom comes in a word by someone, an idea suddenly appearing or a situation opening up.
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