Several years ago we were at David and Joy’s on a Sunday morning and we attended worship at Dayspring Church where they are members. As the worship unfolded, I will never forget the words the worship leader prayed:
“Lord, my need for you has exceeded my need to pretend I have it all together.”
I feel very much that way about wisdom from God. In that respect, I find some verses in the book of James to be very comforting.
James 1:5-8 (NLT)
5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
I don’t ever want to be too prideful to admit that I need the Lord’s wisdom, and I am grateful for the promise that he will provide that generously.
I also appreciate the clarification from James about the type of wisdom that God provides.
James 3:13-17 (NLT)
13 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. 15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. 17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.
Please take a few moments and reflect on these amazing words from the Lord through James. Seek his wisdom and share his wisdom with others.