Perhaps every God follower has a favorite Scripture or two. We might have many more than that. But have you ever found a Bible verse that set you on edge?
Today’s promise is a frequently quoted sentence from God’s Word. It’s a wonderful promise. But it has frustrated me for decades.
Here it is: “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him as of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5, NASB).
Actually, I love the promise contained in this verse. I want desperately to be wise – with the wisdom that comes from God. I've prayed for wisdom for longer than I can remember.
When’s that gonna happen? I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in 1971. And I still don’t feel wise.
Maybe that’s not what this verse means.
The One I follow is the all-wise God. He is omniscient, and His ways are beyond all human understanding.
Could it be that God promises to give us His wisdom, especially in those moments when we need it the most, rather than simply making us wise ourselves? Is it possible that He wants us to depend daily on His wisdom, instead of possessing our own, even if it came from Him?
Sure, we know King Solomon asked God for wisdom, and God answered (See 2 Chronicles 1.). Ever since, much of humankind has referred to Solomon as the wisest man ever. He’s even credited with penning the Proverbs, as well as the Song of Songs.
But Solomon looked to God for wise answers, even after his wisdom prayer was granted. When we do likewise, aren’t we exercising the wisest wisdom of all?
Just a thought. Hey, I’m not all that wise yet, so I could be wrong …
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