Friday 27 May 2022 – Transformed week 3

James 1:5 (NIV)

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

I so often speak or act unwisely. I really need God to transform me – to make me wiser. The Bible has a lot to say about wisdom – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10a); “Wisdom is better than gold or silver” (Proverbs 16:16); “wisdom is like honey.” (Proverbs 24:14a) and just “Get wisdom”! (Proverbs 4:5).

James goes on to tell us that “the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:17) I can see that wisdom from God is good!

How do I get this amazing wisdom? Ask for it! This verse says that God will give me wisdom generously, without finding fault. So, if I ask him, I can expect to receive his gift of wisdom, in generous proportions, no matter how foolish I may have been in the past. But there’s a second step. And a third. I need to believe that God is going to give it to me, and I need to act on that wisdom. If I just ask for wisdom but then ignore what God gives me, I have gained nothing and I have given nothing.

Lord, I do ask that you will transform me and give me wisdom. Help me, Lord, to trust you and believe that you will make me wiser. Then help me to act – to not ignore what you have given and what you have told me to do.

Written by Megan Cornell

3 replies
  1. Justin Ware says:

    Thanks Megan for your thoughts, they are very helpful!

    I was reflecting this morning on how God gives wisdom. I’ve always thought of this verse as meaning “if I ask God to make me wiser, he will”.

    While I do believe that God grants us personal wisdom, my experience is that this is only part of the story. I have, on rare occasions, had a moment of wise insight that I put down to God giving me wisdom. But most times, wisdom doesn’t arrive as a download from heaven, but comes through
    – living through difficult times with an attitude of teachability and humility
    – reading scripture
    – choosing to spend time with wise people and gleaning from their wisdom
    – meditating and reflecting on God’s perspective in a situation
    – learning to think more slowly and deeply about a situation rather than rushing to action or decision

    So when I ask God to give wisdom, I also need to pay attention to how he will give it and be sure to take up the opportunity to gain the wisdom that God has for me.

    I find this very difficult!

  2. Howard Reed says:

    Excellent Megan. Simple, straightforward and to the point(s)! I agree that James is saying that God will give wisdom to each of us in particular situations (ie difficult situations or complex choices). But, as he also says, we then have to trust and apply that insight or word that he has given us. Otherwise, we are doubting and (James says) doubleminded! It is all about faith – faith to ask and then faith to apply!

  3. Sam S says:

    ‘ask for wisdom’. OK: ‘God give me wisdom…’ You make the insightful point of describing the deliberate nature of accessing wisdom – ‘ask, expect, act’ Also, step zero (0) – ‘recognise’ as in ‘recognise you need wisdom’ then ‘ask, expect, act’ – I feel sometimes I don’t even get past step zero …

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