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. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
People haven’t changed much since this was written. From the time that James wrote this until today, there has been a danger. The danger is finding “wisdom,” that in the end turns out to be something else entirely!
People claim they want wisdom, but they often seek it in the wrong places…or with the wrong motives. Both seeking truth through shallow philosophy, and doubting in God can stop us from finding wisdom. By looking for wisdom in the wrong places, we will not find wisdom, but rather a cheap illusion.
Other people, their thoughts and opinions seem to take the center stage in life.
People are wonderful, and they are an amazing gift from God, but to find wisdom, we need to look to God first. Looking in other places begs the question “is it really God’s wisdom that I am seeking? Or is it in fact something else I am looking for?” God tells us to ask him, and to ask without doubting. We don’t need to doubt God, he is the creator of wisdom after all, and he has enough power to give it to us as He promised!
Dear God, I am so tired of only hearing opinions from other people.
Their thoughts are often shallow, and only go so deep. Please help me to hear YOUR voice above all else.
Wisdom comes from you, I know…and that is what I am asking you for today. It’s hard to know how to seek your wisdom! But I know that you will show me through your word what I need to know for today, and forever.