The Source of Wisdom (James 1:5-8)

source of wisdom

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 

But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 

Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 

Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.

James 1:5-8

What do you do when you are unsure of how to move next?

What do you do when you are confused, or planning your next action?

If you are like most people, you would rely on your critical thinking – basically your self.

Our minds may possess a lot of wisdom.

But, Scripture tells us of the best source of this wisdom.

Where to Ask for Wisdom

If you need wisdom, ask God.

It’s as simple as that.

But, our proud self does not work that way. We only ask for God’s help when we are out of options, don’t we?

This is why James reminds us of the prerequisites for asking for this wisdom.

Loyalty to God

Our faith should be in God alone.

Our loyalty should be in God alone. All the time.

When we try to solve our problems by ourselves, it’s as if our loyalty is divided between our humble minds and our great God.

Last time, we talked about how troubles can be the source of great joy. They produce endurance and build our character.

No human wisdom can understand that.

It is only by God’s wisdom that we are able to comprehend and fully take that by heart.

Hence, we should be increasing our faith in God alone.

Application

Work on your relationship with Christ. Increase your faith in Him alone.

Stay closer to Him. Talk to Him. Meditate on His Word.

The more you seek God, the less you will rely on yourself.

He is our true source of wisdom.

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