Have you ever done a treasure hunt? Probably in a game as a kid! What I want to talk about is another kind of treasure. Following the study I have started in the Book of James, the theme for today is WISDOM.
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
I do it constantly—ask God for wisdom! Nowhere can I get better insight than from the Source. You don’t have to go hunting for wisdom. Listen to this:
In [Christ] are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him —
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of power,
the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
1 Corinthians 1:24
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
Several thousand years ago, a young man had the chance to ask God for whatever he wanted. This man had a great responsibility ahead of him, to govern Israel. He did not ask for riches and fame; he asked for wisdom! This was King Solomon. God granted his wish, and made him the wisest man to ever live; before and even after. Read 1 Kings 3:1-15.
“Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people,” asked Solomon. One would wish our leaders today would pray that prayer. What a difference that would make in each of our countries. Let’s pray that our leaders will ask God for wisdom.
James tells us to ask God for wisdom, because he gives generously to those who ask. You don’t need to go on a scavenger hunt. Ask God. All wisdom and knowledge is hidden in Christ.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
- Parents need to pray for wisdom to raise their children.
- Teachers need to pray for wisdom to teach the children.
- Doctors need to pray for wisdom to give the right treatments.
- Pastors need to pray for wisdom to lead their congregations.
- Children need to pray for wisdom to obey their parents.
- Students need to pray for wisdom to learn their lessons.
- Friends need to pray for wisdom to handle relationships right.
- Employers need to pray for wisdom to treat employees right.
- Employees need to pray for wisdom to do their job right.
- Husbands need to pray for wisdom to understand their wives,
- Wives need to pray for wisdom to treat their husbands right.
This list could be endless. Whatever category you’re in, ask God for wisdom. But when you ask, don’t doubt. Just trust the Lord. The following is a good prayer.