DAY 19

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Day 19: Ask God

James 1:5-8
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a save of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”

Devotional
There are many situations in life where the wise thing to do or say is obvious. The older we get, the more the wise choice is readily apparent, often because we’ve lived long enough to experience some trial and error in decision-making and have experienced consequences of unwise decisions. But there are many other life crossroads we face where true wisdom, godly wisdom, is lacking. Just because we don’t immediately know the wise answer doesn’t mean there isn’t one or that it’s out of reach. James makes it clear that in any case where we lack wisdom, we should do one very obvious thing: ask God.

But even though we’re assured that when we ask for wisdom we’ll experience a God who gives generously to all without finding fault, we often still do not make this our first course of action. We talk to our friends about it. We Google it. We crowdsource the answer on social media. We see a counselor or therapist to hash it out. We listen to our feelings. We weigh our pros and cons. And while there is nothing inherently wrong with any of these paths, and many are even advisable somewhere in the decision-making process, we often miss the best first step. Ask God.

Proverbs 9:10 says, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. God must occupy his rightful place in our lives. Our lives should be characterized by reverent awe of the Lord and his great power, majesty, mercy, and grace. We have to first know him well in order to access the godly wisdom he offers, otherwise we won’t know what it looks like when he gives it. Fear of the Lord and knowledge of him are at the beginning of our wisdom journey. It’s his desire to give us his wisdom generously.

The condition we’re given for receiving the wisdom we ask for is that we must believe God will give it to us. While we’re not promised wisdom immediately, we are guaranteed it ultimately when we ask for it and believe it will come. Often it’s in both the asking for wisdom and waiting for the provision of it that the most growth comes. But when God promises to give us something, we can be assured beyond all doubt that he will.

Prayer
God, we want to receive the wisdom you promise to give generously. Please give us courage, by your grace, to ask for wisdom from you as our first step rather than our last resort.