Just a prayer away
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. James 1:5-6a NLT
Our experience as followers of Christ can be at times perplexing. In fact, when we go through trials in life, we ask God “why me” and we grapple as to the purpose of these difficulties. All we know is that God is developing us into spiritual maturity He wants for us so that we will persevere when times of difficulties come. So, instead of asking God to provide us answers to the questions we have when we are going through difficult circumstances, why don’t we ask for wisdom? This is what James is telling his readers to do: “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you” (James 1:5). Godly wisdom is more than just gaining knowledge or information. Man in his knowledge discovered how he can travel as fast as the speed of sound and yet does not have the wisdom to help him turn to the right direction in life. He can obtain vast intelligence about the world but lacks in wisdom on how to live a purposeful life while in this world. Wisdom is what provides us understanding on how we should live and not just exist in this world. And if we are seeking godly wisdom, it is to have an understanding on how we should live our lives that honors and pleases God. It is what provides us direction on how we live our daily lives trusting God. It is rooted in the fear of God for once we live in obedience to His will, He provides us understanding. “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom” (Psalm 111:10). Once we grow in the fear of the Lord, we gain wisdom that directs us to making the right choices. “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment” (Provers 9:10). Our Lord Jesus Christ is the perfect embodiment of God’s wisdom. Our relationship with Him and healthy reverence of Him will transform our lives. “God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin” (1 Corinthians 1:30). God is just a prayer away and it is His desire to provide us the wisdom we need. So, instead of complaining when difficult times come, why don’t we ask God for wisdom so we will understand that He “causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28).