Asking for Wisdom

“And if anyone longs to be wise, ask God for wisdom and he will give it! He won’t see your lack of wisdom as an opportunity to scold you over your failures but he will overwhelm your failures with his generous grace” (James 1:5, The Passion Translation).

I don’t know about you, but what I don’t need is more information. It sometimes seems like we’re overwhelmed with facts and figures and snatches of information from a plethora of sources. I don’t always trust these sources, but I don’t doubt that the information is out there. But it also seems like just having information and facts isn’t enough.

We need to know what to do with this information. We need to know how to apply all this available knowledge to our everyday lives. That applied knowledge is called wisdom. I love the quote that says that knowledge is knowing that tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it into a fruit salad.

Too many believers rely on too many sources other than God for wisdom. We turn to CNN or Fox News. We rely on social media and our little echo chambers of people we’ve chosen who will never disagree with us on anything and only say our thoughts back to us in different words. We rely too much on worldly wisdom, which is limited at best and downright deceiving at times. A pastor that I admire once said, “Don’t let the world teach you theology.”

I believe the best source for wisdom is the maker of wisdom and everything else, God. And the best place to hear God speaking wisdom is primarily through His Holy Word, but also through community with fellow believers and prayer.

Maybe instead of trying to convert other people to our way of thinking about the issues and crises of the day, we should seek God’s way of thinking. Instead of trying to argue people into seeing things our way, maybe we should pray that God would enlighten both them and us to see not our truth or their truth but God’s truth, the ultimate reality. Maybe we need to stay on our knees and not give up wrestling with God in prayer until we get the wisdom that God admonishes us to seek from Him. God loves to honor His promises, but not if we’re not seeking Him consistently and persistently.

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