James 1:5- Asking for Wisdom

James 1:5
5
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

-How often do we find ourselves in situations where we just don’t know?  We don’t know what to say, we don’t know what to do; we just don’t know.  It may be that we are ignorant a lot more often than we need to be simply because we aren’t asking for wisdom.  A lot of people read a verse like this and assume that God is just talking about spiritual wisdom, but I don’t see any special stipulations anywhere in the text.  God is very interested in our spiritual well-being of course, but His word makes it clear that He is also concerned about every aspect of our lives.  If we need wisdom in our jobs, we can ask God; if we need wisdom in our earthly relationships, we can ask God; if we need help figuring out how to budget and save for a car or a house, we can ask God.  There is no limit to the Lord’s ability to bestow wisdom and intelligence.  Our only limit is that we “have not, because [we] ask not.  [We] ask, and receive not, because [we] ask amiss, that [we] may consume it upon [our] lusts.” (James 4:3)

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