Read James 1:5-8
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God…” James 1:5a
If you are anything like me you have probably faced a bunch of stuff that you felt less than fully prepared to handle. Some things may even seem simple enough at first glance but as the situation unfolds it can get real complicated really fast. The thing is that no matter how “smart” we may be (look at you with all that fancy book-learnin’) there will always be situations in life that we can’t figure out on our own.
I have heard it said many times that there are no dumb questions, just dumb people (I said I heard it, I never said it sounded nice). The more you think about that the more you realize how true it is. Some questions may make us burst out laughing because of how obvious the answer seems to be to us, but the truth is that all questions are just questions and all questions come from someone who is at least smart enough to know what they don’t know (go ahead and read that sentence again, it’s ok, I’ll wait). The dumbies are the ones who are not smart enough to know that need to ask a question in the first place.
There is a difference between wisdom and intelligence. Being intelligent is simply a matter of knowing things about things. Being wise is not just about how much info you have jammed into your cranium, wisdom is the ability to use that information to make good decisions. James instructs us ask our generous God for wisdom and to trust that He will give us what we need. The problems here, as James points out for us, is that first of all we need to be smart enough to ask for the wisdom we need and that secondly, we need to be sure to go to the right source for that wisdom. There is no reason why we can’t learn new things from the world around us but we must learn to trust in God alone for wisdom. Information is one thing but when it comes to the ability to use our knowledge in ways that please God we need to ask Him.
Don’t be a dumby. Don’t be like the wave that is tossed around by the wind and has no sense of control or direction. Instead, be clever enough to go to the right source for wisdom and trust that your Heavenly Father will give you exactly what you need (way to go smarty pants.)
Pray: “Father, I trust you to give me the wisdom I need to make the choices that will please you.”