Posted by: missionventureministries | March 12, 2020

WISDOM IS A FREE GIFT FROM GOD – James 1:5

Wisdom is a free gift from God for all those who ask. James 1:5 states, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” 

Wisdom means having clear understanding and insight. It means knowing how to apply the truth in every situation. Wisdom is discerning what is right and wrong and having good judgment; and knowing how to make the right choice or decision; and only God can give us that kind of wisdom. 

Wisdom and knowledge are related but are not the same. The primary difference between the two words is that wisdom involves the ability to make sound judgments about a subject while knowledge refers to knowing about something. Anyone can become knowledgeable about a subject by reading, researching, and memorizing facts. Wisdom, however, requires more understanding and the ability to determine which facts are relevant in certain situations. Wisdom takes knowledge and applies it with discernment based on experience, assessment, and lessons learned. Knowledge can exist without wisdom, but not the other way around. A person can be knowledgeable without being wise. 

Knowledge sees the danger; wisdom walks away from it. Knowledge memorizes the Ten Commandments; wisdom obeys them. Knowledge gains information of God through His Word and wisdom applies it to every day living.

The book of Proverbs is perhaps the best place in the Bible to learn of biblical wisdom. Proverbs 1:7 speaks of both biblical knowledge and wisdom: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” To fear the Lord is to start on the path to knowledge, and God can then begin to provide us with wisdom through Christ, who the Bible says is wisdom itself: “It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30).

Have you ever observed someone with no wisdom clearly doing the wrong thing or making a foolish decision? The consequences are crystal clear to you but they don’t see it at all. It’s always easier to see a lack of wisdom in others than it is to see it in ourselves. That’s why we must pray daily for wisdom and to take time to get God’s perspective of our life and circumstance, because wisdom comes directly from God and is revealed in His Word. It especially centers in the knowledge of Christ, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3).

God reveals His wisdom by the Holy Spirit to those who are committed to living a holy life (1 Corinthians 2:6-16). That wisdom has to do with knowing how to apply biblical truth to particular situations in life. Thus if you are not spending consistent time learning God’s Word, you will not have the wisdom that you need when trials suddenly come your way. The time to seek wisdom from God is before the calamity hits (Proverbs 1:20-33). Because, “a prudent and humble person foresees danger and takes precaution, but the fool goes blindly on and suffers severe consequences” (Proverbs 22:3, Proverbs 27:12).

As we come to know more about God, the foundation for wisdom becomes firmer in our lives, and we grow in our ability to discern things according to His revealed truth. We come to know the Lord primarily through the prayerful reading and teaching of His Word. Therefore, if we want to be wise, we must be well acquainted with the God of Scripture.

Truly, the wisest and most sane decision you’ll ever make is to put your trust in Christ. To reject Christ is the most foolish thing a person could ever do because Jesus is the only way as He said: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). There is absolutely no other way at all as Acts 4:12, states, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

We all should be asking the Lord to give us wisdom and understanding in all things because as God’s Word says, “the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17).

“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed” (Proverbs 3:13-18).

Remember God blesses those who ask and seek for wisdom in order that we may glorify Him and use this precious gift in sharing it with others. Therefore, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).

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