only help my unbelief

What to do if you lack wisdom
July 13, 2008, 5:00 am
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Every Sunday, I try to share something I didn’t write to encourage you as you celebrate the Lord’s day. I hope this reading from my pastor encourages you in your walk with the Lord. If you ever have questions about God or how you can have a relationship with him, please e-mail me. I’d love to talk to you.


From the heart of the pastor:

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5

Do you know anyone not lacking in wisdom?  Only a fool believes he is the repository of all wisdom.  Even Solomon knew he needed wisdom in order to rule the kingdom of Israel.

God gave Solomon permission to ask for anything he wanted from God.  Solomon asked for wisdom saying, “I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in… So give Thy servant an understanding heart to judge Thy people to discern between good and evil” (I Ki. 3:7,9).  God answered the prayer of His servant and “gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind” (I Ki. 4:29).  

Wisdom is precious because it is so scarce.  Scripture is man’s wisdom-ebenezer.  Wisdom is seeing what others fail to see.  It is the application of the mind of Christ to practical living.  Jesus told His disciples that He would give them “wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute” (Lk. 21:15).  

Wisdom is defined by its characteristics.  God says, “The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy” (Js. 3:17).  These seven temperaments distinguish godly wisdom from earthly wisdom.

God graciously commands you to ask for His eternal wisdom.  He is a generous God giving liberally in response to your request.  Your God is intimately interested in your affairs.  

Some Christians are embarrassed to ask God again for wisdom because when they have asked in the past, and the wisdom has been given, they refused to act in accordance with heavenly wisdom.  Well, God is not like you.  He gives you fresh wisdom without reproach.  

God never says, “I told you so.”  You must not allow your past unwillingness to follow God’s wisdom keep you from seeking new wisdom for your present situation.  Your God has commanded you to “ask…seek…knock” (Mt. 7:7).  Other than total trust in Him, God does not place conditions upon His gift of wisdom.  

God says, “If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the Lord, and discover the knowledge of God.  For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.  He stores up sound wisdom for the upright” (Prov. 2:4-7).

(To God alone be the glory!)

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