faith in action

James 1:5

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Here we continue on with James’ instructions on how we are to deal with trials in our lives. This verse is directly linked to the previous one; it is our instruction on where to go to deal with our trials.

Wisdom is often thought of as simply knowledge; that is an incorrect definition. Simply put, knowledge is knowing things or facts; wisdom is the ability to take things or facts and put them into practical application for useful daily living.

James is implying that we will need guidance to deal with the issues we face; we will certainly lack wisdom. “Let him” is perhaps misleading when we read it. In plain English, this passage is telling us to ask God for guidance when we have trials; it is really a command.

God will never chastise us for seeking His wisdom. God is a fair God. Since we believe that God either causes or allows all things in our lives, whether good or bad, then of course He would never chastise us for looking to Him for solutions. In fact, that is what He wants us to do!

“It shall be given him.” Does that mean God will provide whatever solution we ask Him to provide? Of course not. God may not even enlighten us as to why something is occurring. What might be the only thing given? It might simply be sufficient grace to make it through a trial.

To sum up, when we have trials and we prayerfully seek God’s wisdom to guide us through it, then He will provide us with the answer we need.