Asking for Wisdom
Wisdom. How much do you have? How much do you want?
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you.
He will not rebuke you for asking. James 1: 5
That verse jumped off the page to me like God was highlighting it with a laser. Does it for you?
God is generous with wisdom. All we have to do is ask and He will gladly give it to us. We ask – He gives. Simple. Simple. Simple.
But we have a sly enemy who would like for us to believe we are not smart and that we can not/do not make good decisions. He is the author of confusion, distortion of the Truth, and distraction. I am so thankful God is more powerful than any devil. His Words eliminate the devils lies like Clorox on a stain. Like a paper towel on a spill. Like a vacuum on a dirty floor. You get the picture.
God knew that we would likely believe the lie that we need to earn the right to ask for wisdom. Or that we should be smart enough already and not need to ask at all. Fear and pride. James 1:5 kicks them off our path like a small insignificant pebble. God will NOT rebuke (fuss) when you ask Him for wisdom.
There are MANY places to find the wisdom the world offers. But wisdom from God is very different than what we find in self-help books, classes, and counselors. Why? Because the best they can offer is regurgitated knowledge that hopefully agrees with God.
The Bible refers to wisdom over 200 times. Check out how this short sample supports the Truth in James 1:5.
When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice. 1 Kings 3:28
– people notice when your wisdom is from God
God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. 1 Kings 4:29-30
– God’s generosity in giving wisdom is greater than we can comprehend
King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart. 1 Kings 10:23-24
– The world notices when your wisdom is from God. And that will make God even more famous!
God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, riches and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.” 2 Chronicles 1:11-12
– God honors those who ask Him for wisdom with more than we can ask or imagine.
Do you need wisdom? Ask our generous God, and He WILL give it to you.
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.