• Bishop Keith Butler

Ask for Wisdom

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. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:5-8)


Wisdom is different from knowledge. Knowledge is information and facts, but wisdom correctly applies and uses the facts that you have gained. James explained that there would be times in our lives that we have some knowledge but lack the wisdom of what to do with it. James' solution? Ask God. God desires to give you the maximum amount of wisdom available. James says, “He is liberal in His distribution and will not turn you away from it.”

However, there is a caveat. James says you need to ask in faith, nothing wavering. If you ask God for wisdom but act as if you are unsure if He is going to give it to you or not, you can’t expect to receive it. James then used the illustration of the sea being tossed around by a great wind to describe the mental state of those who don’t believe they’ll receive. Our lack of faith can stop us from receiving the wisdom we desire. James called this kind of person as a double minded man, full of instability.


When you need wisdom, ask God for it right away, and say, “I have wisdom. I know what to do. Holy Spirit, thank you. You are the wisdom of God inside me. So, grant me greater understanding.” Then immediately begin praising Him because you have it. It’s amazing how the answer will come. When you ask God for wisdom in faith, you might be sleeping, and suddenly, you wake up, and the answer comes. It comes from God.


Practical Application – Whenever you are given new information, ask God for wisdom about what to do with it. Don't just act or speak on impulse; follow God's direction about what to do.


Proverbs 2:6; Proverbs 4:5

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