Day 17 of 21: January 27, 2024
James 1:2-5 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let them ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
The context of asking for wisdom is navigating various trials and what they produce in us. However, this isn’t to say that God will only give us wisdom in hardship. Wisdom is seeing from God’s perspective and acting accordingly.
God delights in giving us wisdom, but we do have to ask Him. Wisdom is not a right. We are not entitled to God’s point of view. We must ask Him for it, and then, out of His love and grace, He gives it.
Father, thank You for today. I love You. Forgive my pride and rebellion for all the times I have governed my own life without asking for Your will and wisdom. I ask that You give me wisdom for my life, family, job, etc. Help me see myself, my sin, and others the way You do. Help me to humble myself and grant me the grace to do what wisdom instructs. In Jesus’ name, amen.