The Gift of Wisdom

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

James 1:5 has always been one of my favorite Bible verses. It is one of the Bible’s most beautiful promises.

Think about what James is saying here.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 

If any of you lacks wisdom . . .

If any of you . . .

That sounds almost too good to be true, doesn’t it? It sounds too generous. It sounds too simple. It sounds too easy.

But, that’s the thing. When God makes a promise, and when God gives a gift, He delivers above and beyond our expectations.

James has already promised us the gift of trials. Follow God, and God will bring trials into your life, that when we have an eternal perspective we’ll one day see as gifts. Now, James promises that God will give the gift of wisdom to those who seek wisdom from His hand.

And, that is a place that many people will refuse to go.

We want wisdom, but we don’t want God. Without God, we’ll never have wisdom.

Here’s the thing. When we humble ourselves and go the One who is the Eternal Source of wisdom, we’ll never be lacking the wisdom we seek.

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Isn’t it amazing that James so nonchalantly says, “let him ask God.”

Think about that.

Dwell on that.

You have access to God.

You can ask God.

You.

Me.

I can’t get over the unfettered access that we have to God.

I wonder sometimes, if the saints who have gone on before us, the ones of whom Hebrews 12:1-2 so eloquently speak of when we read,

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

 I wonder if those saints, that great cloud of witnesses, think, “Hey Brian, (Go ahead and insert your name), what are you thinking? You have access to God. You can ask God. He wants you to ask Him. He wants you to ask Him for wisdom. What are you thinking? Ask, already!”

What are we thinking?

God . . . gives generously . . . to all.

And, He does it without reproach. In other words, God will never disapprove of you coming to Him for more wisdom. It’s a gift that God longs for you to have.

May you lean into God’s wisdom today! Embrace the life of wisdom that He offers those who seek Him. Wise men and women, boys and girls still seek Him.

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