“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:5-8
All true wisdom comes from God. Moreover, God through His Holy Spirit and through His word the Bible gives us wisdom for an abundant life in Christ Jesus our Lord. A life that is pleasing to God and fruitful for His kingdom. The wisdom spoken of in these passages by James is not a philosophical wisdom. A wisdom useful only in academic circles, but a practical wisdom which shows us how to live out God’s word in our day to day lives. A wisdom that brings comfort, peace and understanding as we face the trials we know will come while living in this dark world. God’s wisdom comes to us in many ways. First and foremost through the study of His word the Bible, which is His special revelation to us, His children. And this works hand in hand with the guidance of the Holy Spirit who indwells all believers.
And secondarily wisdom comes from God’s general revelation. This refers to the complexity and wonder of nature and our God given abilities to study and learn from God’s creation. God’s creation in nature should cause us to understand there is a sovereign creator and we should want to seek Him out and discover who He is. And lastly wisdom comes from prayer! God gives us guidance, discernment and understanding as the Holy Spirit speaks to our minds and our hearts. And as we talk with God and as we study His word we build our relationship with God through the interactions of the Holy Spirit in our lives. And that’s what prayer is all about! It’s a heartfelt communication with God as a result of our relationship with Him. A relationship which has been restored through Jesus.
God wants us to turn toward Him for answers! To rely on Him for peace, for guidance and for understanding as we grow and thrive in Christ Jesus our Lord. We have to remember God never intended for us to go through this dark world alone without Him. That’s why He sent us His Holy Spirit to dwell with us until we go home to be with Him. The trials that we face in this dark world can come from many sources, including sin, the fallen world we live in as well as the spiritual warfare that is waged all around us. And we were never meant by God to face these trials alone. We were not created to live separately from God.
The trials we face in life are meant in part to show us our inadequacy to handle such darkness on our own without the Lord. Lastly, we have to understand God created us and He loves us dearly! Not only is God waiting for us as His children to ask for His guidance and help. But God wants to give us wisdom. And He wants to give it to us liberally in order that we can live an abundant life. Living a life that is pleasing to the Lord. God is waiting to do this for us out of the incredible love and joy He has for us. God will not withhold wisdom and guidance for His children who ask for wisdom. God has wisdom in abundance and He graciously waits for us to ask for wisdom and guidance. Because without wisdom and guidance from God the trials we face can overwhelm us. However, having wisdom from God helps us to view our lives and the trials we face from God’s perspective, with eternity in mind.