JAMES 1:5-7 New Living Translation
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”
Whatever you ask of the Lord, if you ask with unwavering faith, you shall receive. If you place your full trust in God you can know he will do it, even if nothing feels different after you ask. We should not base our faith on the answer when it comes, but rather on the ‘answer giver’. There are times when what you seek takes time. If you place your faith in the answer you may never have any faith at all. No, you must ask believing that the answer will come in God’s good and perfect time.
James isn’t speaking here of wisdom as in knowledge, but rather in our ability to make wise decisions. An intelligent person will site reasons for this or that; a wise person will choose the mostly likely reason and then take action.
When we ask for godly wisdom we are in fact asking to be Christ-like. Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth refers to Christ as the “wisdom of God”*. The wisdom we receive leads us to respect God and as a result only ask him that which falls within the parameters of his will. He absolutely does not grant selfish requests, but only those that assist us in our spiritual maturation process. He isn’t a genie in a bottle, granting us our every wish. So if God never changes, then it is we who need to change. Our attitude, our thought process, our hearts desire all must shift toward seeking to please God and him alone. Seek wisdom, yes, but seek it for all the right reasons, so that our life honors God. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.* 1 Corinthians 1:24 “But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.”