God Gives Us Wisdom

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

James 1:5

Every time I read James 1:5 I think it seemed as if humans enjoyed acting foolishly. And James 1:5 says very clearly: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. A request for wisdom that we make to God will always be granted. And James 1:5 says, that it will be given abundantly and without reproach. Then, if we lack wisdom and remain without it, it is because we do not ask God.

The best demonstration of God’s faithfulness to His Word as expressed in James 1:5 is the story of Solomon. Let’s look at what the Bible says in 1 Kings 3:5-14: At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”

The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

Solomon asked God for wisdom so that he could carry out his work of governing his people with excellence. And God gave King Solomon wisdom abundantly and without reproach. It was obvious that, before raising his request to God, Solomon was like any young man of his age, inexperienced and lacking sufficient wisdom to perform his duties. However, God endowed him with a wise and understanding heart, so much so that there was no one wiser than the king who succeeded David.

Many times we err in our petitions to God. Many of us are left with the simplest: to ask for our material needs to be abundantly covered. But what is the use of acquiring wealth if we do not have enough intelligence to manage it? A wise person will not only know how to efficiently manage wealth, but also be able to come up with creative ideas that will generate more wealth. However, wisdom not only serves to make us rich, but to judge with intelligence every situation. God bless you.


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