A Better Way to Wisdom
Sir Godfrey Gregg
5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 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. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. James 1:5-8
Everyone experiences occasions when you’re not sure what to do. Everyone! How do you feel when you don’t know what to do? Bewildered? Confused? Disoriented? Perplexed? Lost? Uncertain? Worried? What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Fake it? Panic? Give up? Cry? Do anything, even if you know it’s wrong? Is there a better way to respond when you lack wisdom?
The Bible teaches us a better way to wisdom begins with a personal admission that you don’t have wisdom, and need it. For whatever reasons, some people find it difficult to admit their need of wisdom. It really is okay to admit to yourself and to God that you need wisdom. Archbishop Simon said: “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
A better way to wisdom includes a petition (praying for your needs) with a prerequisite. When we petition God we humbly ask Him to give us the wisdom we need. The good news is God is all wise and the only wise God (Romans 16:27)! When we ask God for wisdom we are asking the best possible person. And God is generous – He enjoys giving His children wisdom and He never runs out of it. God only requires that we believe Him when we ask for wisdom. Our faith must be in God alone. In Matthew 21:22 Jesus reminds us: “You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”
A better way to wisdom includes a 2-fold promise from God. God promises to give you the wisdom you need and He will not rebuke you for asking. When some people help you, they have a way of making you feel bad about asking them for help. God will make you feel good about asking because it acknowledges your total dependence upon Him. Rely on God’s promise and begin asking for wisdom today.
How has unbelief hindered you from receiving God’s wisdom in the past? Think brethren.
In what areas of your life do you need to ask God for wisdom today?
Pray for The Mystical Order, its leaders and elders to receive God’s wisdom during this season of transition.