If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you, James 1:5 NIV.
Jesus told us in John 6:53 ESV, ” Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” The Word of God is not only food for our souls but also medicine to our flesh. The word is also life to us. When we meditate in it, we are literally giving our souls some food to eat, our bodies some medicine and ourselves a life. When we start seeing the word as such, we will start treating it differently for our own benefit and that’s how I found myself doing with James 1:5.
I have read this scripture many times. I heard many people quote it, however, last night was the first time I ate James 1:5. To put in the words of the prophet Jeremiah, “Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;……” Jeremiah 15:16 NASB.
James starts with, “If any……”
“If” as there could be a possibility.
“Any” meaning anybody. You or me. “Any of you.” I fall into that group. I am one of “any.”
“If any of you lacks wisdom……..”. Often times in life we assume we automatically have wisdom on most of the things we do on daily basis. The things, especially those moment to moment decisions we make as we journey through life. We initiate many of our actions without consulting anyone or even think because we don’t need to–right? Because we do them over and over. It is common sense to us–right? But when I meditated on that verse, the Holy Spirit opened my ears to hear what He was trying to communicate that evening.
It came about after I spent about a whole afternoon and evening, literally 1/2 of the day doing nothing but googling everything about the government shutdown to see if there is any light for it to open. This thing had been affecting me. Some of my business deals were stalled and it was frustrating. And I usually don’t care about the news but I cared about this shutdown very much. So around 9 p.m, I gave up and was trying to sleep but I couldn’t. What do you do when you don’t know what to do? I don’t know about you but I run to God.
James reminded me that I should have run to God in the first place not last. If I did that, God would have sparred me a headache. He would have given me wisdom generously. I would have known what to do in the midst of a crisis instead of wasting time searching on the news that wouldn’t help anyway. for the first time, I saw myself lacking wisdom in almost everything.
I recalled instances where I said something to someone I shouldn’t have said. I ate the food I shouldn’t have eaten. I hang around people I shouldn’t hang around with. I spent money I shouldn’t have to spend. I listened to advise I shouldn’t have listened. Do you see where I am going with this? And in all those decisions, there was a price to pay–why? Because I lacked wisdom. Proverbs 3:6 NLT says, Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
The key is to “Ask”. Pride prevents people from asking. I can’t think of anything else. Pride makes us think we know everything, therefore we don’t need to ask. Nonetheless, if we look deep inside ourselves we will quickly find out we actually know nothing. We are a deficient, inadequate, weak, fragile beings who need help to be carried around all the times. James gives me permission to ask.
I also discovered about Who to ask for the wisdom. In this verse, he said, “Ask God………” He did not suggest we ask our professors or our doctors or our lawyers or our mothers. The Holy Spirit writing through James told us we should ask God. God is the only One who gives wisdom to anyone who asks. There are no two types of wisdom or three kinds of wisdom. There is only one true wisdom and that wisdom comes from God. The book of Proverbs speaks a lot about wisdom. I suggest you chew on one Proverb a day.
Wisdom is from above not from beneath or from under. God’s wisdom is “pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” James 3:17. We ought to seek His wisdom always. This is what the Bible meant by, “pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
The other thing I picked up from this verse was the fact God gives wisdom not only generously so that we should expect an overflow of it in the areas we ask of Him but also He gives “without finding fault” oshamakalmantasema! This is good news. Let us celebrate! This word was put in there so that you and I could go boldly to the throne of grace without being ashamed of our mistakes. God is our Father. He is not in a business of pointing fingers before He grants us His wisdom.
See, your adversary, the devil wants you to feel guilty and ashamed at all the times. He doesn’t stop accusing you of wrongdoings. He does that to stop you and me from seeking God. I tell you, at the end of that day, after I wasted so much time on the internet doing absolutely nothing, I felt guilty. I didn’t want to open the bible that night. I wanted to sleep hoping to get new mercy in the morning. But God knows my heart. He knew exactly what I was thinking. And He gave me strength and courage to read His word before I slept. It was not a coincidence I read James 1:5. It was a verse of the day. It came on a day I needed it the most. Despite the fact I wasted the precious time, He still wanted me to run to Him with confidence. He still wanted the best for me. See, it doesn’t take God hundred of years to write off wrongs. He did it already on the cross of Jesus Christ. Therefore, anytime you feel some guilty conscious approaching God, know it comes from the devil. God will grant you anything you ask without finding fault in your part. Don’t you love Jesus more and more?
Lastly, there is the promise: “And it will be given to you.” In other words, we are asking God knowing the answer. And that answer is an astounding YES. It blew my mind! What can we do to God for His kindness? I’ll praise Him forevermore.
The problem most believers have is actually believing–believe it or not. Believers are supposed to believe! So, believe when God says He will give you wisdom generously when you ask Him. Stop doubting, stop second guessing, stop going back and forth–believe.
Let us make 2019 a year we will believe every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
TO SUMMARIZE, HERE’S OUR FIVE LIFE’S TRANSFORMING KEYS FOUND IN JAMES 1:5. :
- Know Who to ask
- He gives generously
- He doesn’t find fault in you
- It will be given to you
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, we thank You for the wisdom You are giving us generously and without finding fault. Thank You for encouraging us to ask for it when we lack knowing we will receive if we ask. Lord, help us make 2019 a year we acknowledge You in everything we do and every word we say. God, we know that the wisdom that comes from You is good and pure and noble and right. You made us Father and You know what is best for us therefore to You only we will seek wisdom. Father Thank You for Jesus who gave us access to You. Through Him, we are perfect in Your site, therefore, we give You all the glory and honor and praise for the wonderful deeds You have done for us. Father, continue empowering us not to listen to the voice of a stranger, the devil. We bless You God in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
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