We All Need Wisdom
“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
Everyone of us face those times when we need wisdom for a challenging situation in life. As men we are normally fixers. Give us a problem and as problem solvers we can fix just about everything. That’s how God has wired most of us.
But if we are honest, there are times when we hit a wall and we really don’t have the answers. So where do we turn at times like this?
I would like to suggest to you that we do what the writer of James exhorts us to do: “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.” James 1:5
In the third chapter of James, there is a picture of what godly wisdom looks like. In fact, this is our memory verse for this week. When we ask God for wisdom, it says that if we ask in faith without wavering, He will give divine wisdom.
But what does HIS wisdom look like?
His wisdom is:
Willing to yield
Full of mercy and good fruits
Without partiality and hypocrisy
What I’ve discovered is that when I seek His wisdom vs. my own, His wisdom is exactly what is listed in James 3:17. It causes me to check my motives. Are my motives pure? Is my attitude in check? Am I trying to handle a situation with anger and hostility or do I have a peaceable spirit in dealing with the matter?
When I approach an individual regarding a conflict am I confronting in a gentle way or I am trying to be the bad cop or the overbearing boss?
Am I willing to deal with the situation with the hope of restoration or seeing God at work in the individuals life, or is my mind already made up and deal from the law vs. mercy and grace?
In my dealings with an individual is there any possibility that I am showing partiality? Am I asking the individual to do something that I should be doing and not doing in my own life?
These are good questions to consider when asking God for wisdom to handle difficult situations.
The bottom line is not to forget James 3:18 – “Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
What situation(s) are you facing today where you need God’s divine wisdom? Ask and be amazed at His answers!
Going the distance with Jesus,
President/CEO America’s Keswick
Think About This: The world will teach you coping skills but God will teach you hoping skills.”Mark Chironna
Verses to Memorize: “But wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:17-18