If you need wisdom ...

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. -James 1:5 NLT

I once watched three pastors explain this verse by praying about something and believing that the first thing that popped into their mind (they might have said spirit instead of mind) was the wisdom that they were seeking. Hard to believe that anyone would pass that off as wisdom. Here is the way that James describes it later in his letter:
The wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.
I think that such wisdom is not the ilk that one gets by rubbing a magic lamp. Such wisdom does not come from the mental gymnastics of supposed prayer but from a deep connection with God. Often it comes through the scriptures and sometimes through a person. In most cases wisdom is something divine that resonates in our innermost being.

Help us Lord to understand the wisdom that you have given us by the Holy Spirit. Teach us to hear your voice.


  1. So many times that wisdom is something that grows within us as we depend on the Spirit to guide us.


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