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  • Bishop Keith Butler

Asking 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. (James 1:5-6)


Have you ever needed wisdom about a difficult situation?


James tells us that God’s desire isn’t to give us little bits of wisdom; He wants to provide us with a very liberal portion. God is generous with the wisdom He gives. The Greek word that is translated upbraideth not is oneidos and means to insult, cast blame, or revile. God does not withhold wisdom, and He will not denounce you for asking. He already plans to give you more wisdom than you need for each situation. However, there is a caveat to praying for wisdom. James 1:6 says, let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. Where do you get the faith that defeats every fear? You hear the Word, receive the Word, believe the Word, speak the Word, and act on the Word. The Bible says that: “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Hebrews 10:17).

If you want to become a professional at anything, you must practice, practice, practice. Any professional in sports has spent years practicing. If they're going to continue to be the top of their field, they must keep practicing every day, all of the time. If you're going to be full of wisdom, you must spend time in the Word and utilize the five elements of faith. Scripture says that the just shall live by faith, so this is a lifestyle that you must adopt. Before you get wisdom from outside sources, first go to the Word. Before you ask someone’s opinion about anything, go to the Word.


Practical Application – When you hear information about a person or an event, seek what the Word says about how you should act, react, and speak. God’s Word is wisdom. The report you believe is greater than the information you receive.


Proverbs 1:3; Proverbs 1:7

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