By Patrick Hawthorne
If anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask of God. Have you been guilty of throwing out that one-liner like a piece of dried up toast? “Ho-hum…Lord give me wisdom…yawn.” If I were a betting man I would wager that after that stale salute to the Lord you walked away dumber than if you had never asked for wisdom in the first place. Am I correct? Don’t raise your hand; you’ve embarrassed yourself enough already.
It’s interesting to note that the word, ‘ask,’ in this case, means more than a wimpy, wimpy half-hearted request for something… The Greek word for ask is ‘aiteo’ which means to be adamant about; to crave. We are to have an unfailing, unflinching craving for this wisdom from our Heavenly Father who gives to all liberally and without reproach. Furthermore, it is not a suggestion. It is a command. Our Father is telling us, “You need wisdom? I’ve got wisdom.” It’s really cool sounding if you do that last sentence in your best god-father voice.
No, I’m not suggesting you waltz up to the Creator of…well, everything… and demand He give you wisdom. What I am suggesting is that you enter boldly into His throne room of grace and ask Him for His wisdom and then thank Him for that wisdom. He WILL NOT deny you that request. Why? Because, it is His Word!
But, don’t you waltz up there and be all wishy-washy about your request thinking that you will receive anything from the Lord. The Lord doesn’t do wishy-washy. The more technical term is ‘double minded,’ which basically means that half your brain is on the worries of the world and the other half is trying to be holy. It just won’t work that way.
So, let’s start this again. You got wisdom? Sure you do if you ask for it from our Heavenly Father. I can see you getting wiser already…Be blessed.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
(James 1:5-8 NKJV)