The book of James gives guidance that is hard to ignore. It has more than fifty direct commands in just five chapters. James is warning Christians of their behavior because most of them where doing what pleases them, knowing that God will forgive them.
This book is about putting our Christianity into action. It teaches us how to handle temptation, tests and troubles. It helps us understand the connection between what we believe and what we should do. And most importantly, it helps us witness the blessings of letting God be in charge of our lives.
In the coming weeks I will be focusing on specific parts of the book of James. For now, let’s look at James 1: 5
“But if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it.” – James 1: 5
The bible describes wisdom as understanding what is really important in life; however, we all know how easy it is for any of us to get off track in this area. Some of us are constantly trying to solve our problems on our own. But there is certainly a solution!
It’s as if the writer, James, would know the various issues we would face as human beings thousands of years later. Here he is basically admonishing us to STOP STRESSING. Life was not intended for us to handle on our own. All we have to do is ask for the precious ingredient – the WISDOM that can only come from God. Our heavenly Father loves us and will do anything to help us in our times of need. He is faithful and he is with us as we take our steps of faith on our life journey. The moment we get ahold of wisdom, we must believe and not doubt. Otherwise we will be like a “ship without a sail” – tossed to and fro by the “winds” of life and never reaching our “destinations” with success.
Personally, I remember always trying to solve the problems I faced on my own. I must confess that I sometimes didn’t even pray about the matter. Instead, I would rush to try and be my own “problem solver.” You can imagine that I didn’t get very far or achieve my desired goals. Adopting wisdom has taught me to wait on God and avoid looking at problems with my “natural” eyes.
As I become a more disciplined woman of faith, I find that reading God’s word, prayer, and meditation help “fuel” me for making better choices rooted in wisdom.
How are you adopting wisdom in your everyday life? I would love to hear from you!