"If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, Who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him." James 1:5, NIV
Wisdom is the principle thing, as Solomon knew. Wisdom is more valuable than riches, more costly than gold. The book of Proverbs has much to say about gaining and keeping Godly wisdom.
True wisdom comes from God. He is Wisdom Itself. He sees the beginning from the end. There are no surprises for Him. He knows instantly and completely the answer to all questions, the solutions to all problems. He has wisdom, and we need it.
God loves to share His wisdom. He does not want His children wandering about in the dark, falling into traps, hurting themselves and others. Jesus operated perfectly in the wisdom of God. Jesus always had the right answer when people tried to trick Him with words. God wants us all to operate in that wisdom.
However, there is a condition on our part. It is not that God does not want to give us wisdom, but He wants to know if we are serious. Are we going to take the time to ask Him for it? Do we really want it enough to ask? And do we believe God enough that when we ask for wisdom we know that He is going to give it to us?
I love those words: without finding fault. The KJV says "upbraideth not," and some other versions word it "without reproach." Let's face it. We all fail. We all operate, at times [many!], out of our own wisdom. We can be ashamed. Our actions may have been an embarrassment to the Gospel, they may have caused damage to ourselves or others. We have all been there.
We can be afraid to come to God. Afraid to admit our foolishness. Afraid of God's response. After all we know how we respond to others when they fail. Many times we are less than generous. As parents, when our children ask us questions many times we can be short-temptered and impatient because they have not yet reached our level of knowledge or maturity.
However, God is the model Parent, the prefect Example. He does not find fault. When we come to Him asking in faith for wisdom, He does not scold us for our mistakes or failures. He does not put us down. He does not make us feel dumb or stupid. Instead, He builds us up. He grants us wisdom so next time will be different. He is always there for us.
So let us never be afraid to come to God for wisdom. Let us come before Him boldly and with joy. Let us ask for His wisdom to flow through our lives. And when others come to us for wisdom, let us, like our Father, be generous without finding fault.
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