“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” – James 1:5
Wisdom. What is it? Let me tell you what it is not. It is not knowledge and education. A lot of folks really do believe that education is the answer. And thereâ€™s no doubt education is good for everyone, but knowledge and education do not make wisdom. I know all of you have probably known some brilliant people in their field of expertise. They are brilliant in their educational background, but they havenâ€™t got a lick of wisdom. You can just tell. So, knowledge and education can enhance wisdom, but they do not make wisdom.
Secondly, experience and age do not necessarily guarantee wisdom. We often associate wisdom with those who get a little bit of gray hair because theyâ€™ve had a lot of experience in life. But the fact is, there are a lot of fools out there with a lot of gray hair, but theyâ€™re still just as big a fool today as they were when they were in their 20s and 30s. And why is that? Because they didnâ€™t learn from their mistakes. And in the process, they became old fools, rather than young fools.
So, what is wisdom? It means â€œapplication of knowledge to everyday life.â€ And hereâ€™s the secret. Application of knowledge to everyday life comes from knowing God and obeying. Sometimes we just have to ask, â€œGod, help me have wisdom about what to do.â€ God commands us to ask for wisdom, but itâ€™s one prayer He is very eager to answer this prayer. Why? Because in asking for wisdom, it means we have a willingness to do things His way.
So, God is clear: He wants us all to ask for wisdom, but, you need to be ready; because the way He gives it to you may not be the way that you have in mind. It may involve a lot of pain and disappointment. But I assure you, it is worth the price to let God have His way. So, donâ€™t miss out on the one prayer God always wants to answer.