If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.James 1:5(ESV)
It has been said that the knowledge of ignorance is the beginning of wisdom and recognising our lack of wisdom is a prudent step to spiritual understanding. Scripture qualifies this by reminding us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and that a knowledge of the holy is understanding. Life is full of pitfalls and snares and it is comforting to know that no matter what trials we may be called upon to face, we can ask the Lord for godly insight and spiritual understanding, and He has promised to give all that is needed for the task.
In this passage James is particularly referencing the wisdom we need when compassed about by the various difficulties and dangers we encounter in our everyday lives. There are times when we do not know what to do or which way to turn, but James encourages those who lack spiritual insight to ask the Lord for the necessary wisdom – and not to doubt that He will provide liberally.
James also knows that trusting the Lord for godly wisdom as we travel through life.. is a tool He uses to test and strengthen our faith in Him, and which helps to produce in us the patient endurance that is so needful for our spiritual growth – but we are reminded to stand fast in the faith unwaveringly – if we are to come forth as gold.
How much we all need God’s heavenly wisdom in the tests and trials of life’s disappointments and difficulties, which are so much a part of our everyday lives. We all want to finish the work that God has given us to do and to learn the lessons that God has designed to teach us along the way. We all desire to grow in grace and in a knowledge of Jesus and we all long to cultivate an undivided heart, that is unruffled by life, as we walk in spirit and in truth.
Awareness of our lack in any of these areas of our Christian walk or recognising that life’s problems are swamping our fainting hearts is wisdom indeed – and a prudent step towards solving such problem is to ask the Lord for wisdom.
God knows that we are weak and frail and He knows that the testing our faith can cause us to complain or murmur or to become unsteady in our Christian walk.. and God provides all the wisdom we need to maintain a steady heart, patient endurance, and an unwavering, uncompromised faith. God delights to give generously to all who ask Him – but we must be prepared to ask…
Loving Father, as the pressures of life are pressing down hard on me, I want to hold fast to the faith and patiently endure. Give me I pray the wisdom I need to face the future with all joy, knowing my life is hid with Christ in God. Help me to grow in grace and in wisdom as I rest in Your love and trust in Your word, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.