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).
What does wisdom look like?
This is a dangerous passage, because many people read it and think that God is going to give them some sort of tingly feeling, an ooh-aah-oh-aha! moment, and suddenly they will know what they need to do.
And God can do that.
On occasion, he does.
More often than not, however, wisdom is the result of less mystical things, like study of the Scripture, or listening to the advice of those who have demonstrated wisdom in their own lives, or learning from our mistakes.
Sometimes God uses those trials we’ve been talking about to build wisdom.
Wisdom is a gift, but unlike your salvation, wisdom is a gift you earn. If you’re waiting for that mystical flash from Heaven, you may find yourself waiting for a long time. Worse, you may be tempted to absolute foolishness because it feels like God is telling you something.
I have a friend who wanted to write a worship song. He decided to let God give him the song, by letting his Bible fall open and writing about whatever verse was first on the page. His bible fell open to Leviticus.
And he gave the world that immortal song And the Eunuch Shall Not Enter the Temple.
Kinda catchy…but, no.
I’m not saying that God doesn’t speak through feelings sometimes. What I am saying is that, if that feeling of yours doesn’t match up with Scripture…it ain’t from God.
You need wisdom. Ask for it. But then don’t just sit back, close your eyes, and wait for it. Work for it. Dig for it—in Scripture, in experience, in your brothers and sisters in Christ. It’s there, and it’s for you.
Just put your gloves on and get to work.
Happy Wednesday, Beloved