If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:5,6

When we face challenges and adversity in life, some of the time we reflexively cry out, “Why me, God? I see nothing good in this trial. Why is this happening?” Or, “Lord, please get me out of this mess!”  But how many of us pray, “Lord, I need wisdom! Please use this trial to increase my understanding of you, your ways, and life?”

This is exactly how James calls us to respond to our challenges (v. 2-4). Wisdom is far more than the accumulation of information or intellectual understanding. We need more than knowledge to help us live into the “generous” life God wants us to experience.

Through our vast accumulation of knowledge, humanity has achieved the ability to travel faster than sound, but we demonstrate our need of God’s wisdom as we often go faster and faster in the wrong direction.

Wisdom is “the practical use of knowledge for everyday godly living.”

We could also say that wisdom is a person more than it’s an abstract pursuit.  It’s a who, more than it’s a what.  Paul says that Jesus is “the wisdom of God”.

“Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Cor. 1:24)  

As we pursue Him and walking in His ways, we begin to emulate God’s wisdom, living into wisdom, and becoming more like Jesus.

Pray for God’s wisdom to guide you today.  Pray for Jesus to guide you, with faith, knowing that our God “gives generously’!

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Mike Harder, President of Concentric

Jesus-centric disciplemaking movements