Not one person leaves life on earth without needing wisdom. We need wisdom in making decisions, wisdom on how to make or create or bake things. We need wisdom when parenting, wisdom in how to do marriage well, wisdom on how to manage our finances and our households. If we can make decisions and live out of wisdom, we will succeed in life.
Google is the most used website of our time. When we need to know something, in this century, all we need to do is know how to type the question into a search engine. Easy peasy. We can find knowledge at every turn. Facebook, Google, Pinterest… also, all full of knowledge. Many equate this knowledge to wisdom.
And though wisdom can include this type of knowledge, wisdom is far greater than the answer that Google spits out on “how to break up with my boyfriend”.
Yes, having wisdom actually is more than just knowing what to do. It’s a judgement call, it’s discernment.
I love the Greek definition of “wisdom” – it includes insight and skill. Those two words infer experience.
So what do you do when you need wisdom in a situation but have no experience? James 1:5 has the answer to that question…
“If you don’t have all the wisdom needed for this journey, then all you have to do is ask God for it; and God will grant all that you need. He gives lavishly and never scolds you for asking.”
~The Voice Translation
The Lord has wisdom, insight, and skill in Every. Single. Area. of life. And He is just waiting to share it with us. All we have to do is ASK! This verse promises that He will give us what we need – not being stingy or conservative with His wisdom – He gives lavishly. (lavish is one of my favorite words!)
When we’re trying to figure out what to do, many thoughts and ideas can pop into our heads. We know the internet is full of “how to’s”. We can also get bombarded with others’ advice and opinions. Swimming in all that knowledge, we can find ourselves still grasping for what true wisdom would look like in our situation. So, how do we know? James 3:17 tells us exactly what God’s wisdom looks like.
But the wisdom from above is first…
open to reason.
full of mercy and good fruits.
If you are in a situation where you’re not sure what to do, if you’re getting pulled in every which direction with advice and opinions from well-meaning people, if you’ve resorted to asking Google what to do… Stop. Take a moment and ask the One who holds all the answers in His hands. Ask Him for wisdom. He will never turn you away. He will lavishly pour His wisdom out on you. And you will know it’s from Him when it’s pure, peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. He is so faithful and so good. And He is really for your success in life!!