Ask For Wisdom
One night recently, I told God that I had no idea how to respond to a touchy situation. I wasn’t smart enough. I wasn’t wise enough. I just didn’t have the EQ to handle it. So, I turned off the lights and went to bed, totally in the dark—in every sense of the word. The next morning, I woke up and browsed Instagram. I know…I should have opened my Bible first. Busted and guilty. God still got to me. One author I follow had uploaded James 1:5 that morning. Superimposed across a beautiful background were these words: 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. And just like that, God slugged me between the eyes. James has always been one of my favorite books. Why hadn’t this come to mind the night before? I don’t know. Maybe God wanted to make a point. Maybe I had been looking more at the situation than the solution giver. Maybe just because his mercies are new every morning. I thought about the verse all day. This was my solution—ask God for wisdom. Later that day, while scrolling through Facebook, guess what I saw? Same verse different friend. God was answering loud and clear. Do you have a tricky, touchy, emotionally upsetting obstacle that you have to deal with? Don’t know what to do? Ask God. Here’s what really impacted me when I read the verse this time around: the part that says, “…who gives generously to all without finding fault…” I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’m afraid to ask questions. Will the expert ridicule me for not knowing the answer? Will they laugh because what I don’t know is so elementary to them? Will they judge because I should have asked the question ages ago? Will they ask to see an associate’s degree before giving me bachelor-degree content? If anyone has a right to those types of responses, it’s God. But that’s not how he responds. James promises that God won’t find fault, but that he will freely give us the wisdom we ask for. The word here for ‘finding fault’ is oneidizō and it means to reproach, upbraid, revile (either deserved or undeserved). Do I deserve to be reproached for coming to God for wisdom as a last resort? Yes. Will I be reproached? NO! What could be better than that? However, wisdom opens the eyes to responsibility. What does that look like? I think first and foremost it looks like having my eyes opened to my own sin. Getting a true view of my own culpability in a situation. Understanding what steps God wants me to take to become more like him. Maybe that’s what Jesus is talking about in Luke 6:39-42: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” I went to bed asking God for wisdom. I thought that would look like knowing how to advise someone else. What it really looked like was becoming a tiny bit more like Jesus. Suddenly, the plank wasn’t so much of a plank anymore. Things to Consider: Read Proverbs 2:6
And James 1:3 When was the last time you asked God for wisdom?