If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. -James 1:5
I’m amazed at how practical the book of James is. He tells us in this verse to ask for wisdom. When we are going through “divers temptations” or various trials (remember yesterday?) we need wisdom to know what decisions to make. I need wisdom even in the normal day to day decisions I make, and so that much more when I’m going through difficult circumstances! James tells us to ask God for wisdom, and then he makes the statement that God gives wisdom liberally or generously.
Wisdom is the ability to correctly and efferently apply knowledge and judgment to your life’s circumstances. Talk about valuable. What’s amazing is that James says that the only thing holding you back from attaining wisdom is asking God for it.
Have you ever asked God for wisdom? If you haven’t today is a great day to ask for it. You need it, and he’ll give it to you generously if you ask sincerely (more on that tomorrow).
If you have asked for wisdom before, ask for wisdom specifically in the various arena’s of your life. “God, I need wisdom with my parents.” “God, I need wisdom with that person at work/school.” You get the idea. This should be a prayer that you pray all the time!