James 1:5

James 1:5

One of the most reassuring promises in the Bible is James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given you.” You and I qualify for this promise. Instead of being disqualified by our faults and lack of wisdom, our limitation actually qualifies for help from a generous God.

The next verses challenge us to follow the wisdom that God gives. It seems that we are prone to second guess Him, have doubts, and end up sort of instable. After all, wisdom from God writes a different script than the one we are writing for ourselves. I can easily imagine God’s wisdom being met with thoughts like, “God must not really understand me, or he would know better than to think that this was a good idea.

It takes courage to hear from God. His wisdom might lead us in ways that feel risky. Or he might show us some changes that we would not have chosen for ourselves. Or we might realize all of the things that could go wrong. Asking for wisdom from God will produce generous answers from God that will then also require courage from God if we are to apply that wisdom.

When we ask God for wisdom, may we have courage. We will need it.


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