Ask for Wisdom

April 12 | James 1:5-8

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask from God, the One who gives everything without reserve and does not reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without doubt, because the doubter is like a wave of the sea, driven and blown by the wind. Now that man should not expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, a double-minded man, unsteady in all his ways.” (James 1:5–8)

Some people are comfortable asking direct questions, but others think they are bothering you. When I visit New York City, I am always amazed at how direct people are there. If they are interested in a piece of clothing, they ask you how much it cost and where you got it.

But when I was living in Missouri for school, no one would ever ask you where you got something, and especially not how much it cost. In the South, they considered asking such questions rude. But in the north, people may be flattered that you wanted to know.

James teaches us that if we need wisdom, just ask God. Some people may be afraid to talk to God, but James says God is generous and doesn’t look down on us.

So why are we afraid to ask? God’s wisdom is precious, keeping us from becoming double minded. The double minded person can’t make a decision. He rides both sides of the fence, looking at the greener grass. It’s the person who is wishy-washy, who doubts every decision they make.

Action Step: Ask God for wisdom for today. Whether it is something at work, a relationship at home, or a friendship, God gives wisdom so you know what to do in every situation.

Father, I need wisdom today. I’m dealing with some pretty tough situations in my life. I know you guide me into all truth. Give me your wisdom from heaven so I won’t be double minded. I know I can have peace when you give me your wisdom.

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