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. —James 1:5
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. —James 3:17
If you’ve ever watched a 3-D movie you know what it’s like to be totally engrossed in the story. There are multiple dimensions and layers. A 2-D movie is engaging, but it is nothing compared to a 3-D movie where it feels like the characters are reaching out and touching you. When watching a 3-D movie you even have to wear special glasses so you can understand what is going on, otherwise, it just looks blurry, foggy and doesn’t make sense. This example is similar to the world’s definition of wisdom which can seem confusing because we don’t have God’s perspective. On the other hand, God’s wisdom is beyond us and we need to put our trust in Him and understand His good and perfect plans and purposes.
Our wisdom doesn’t compare to God’s wisdom. The word wisdom used in James is the Greek word, ‘sophia,’ which comes from the root word, ‘sophos.’ The definition of this word is to form the best plans and use the best means for their execution. God brings the best results through the best means! His ways are higher than our ways.
Not only can we rest in the fact that God is executing the best results, James says that we can have access to this wisdom if we ask God! You may be facing situations right now where you desperately need wisdom. This may be a financial or relational situation; you may have a physical or medical crisis, or you may just need wisdom to understand how to continue to proceed through the coronavirus situation without living in fear. Ask God for wisdom through these times and He will grant you access!
As I mentioned, God’s wisdom allows for the best results through the best means but it also comes with other characteristics detailed in James 3:17. It’s pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. What great benefits that we have access to through our heavenly Father.
I encourage you not to try to navigate this season alone. Seek the Lord’s direction and wisdom. Tell Him what you’re struggling with. Ask Him for wisdom and clarity. Pray to receive His wisdom. Also, pray for others around you. Everyone needs wisdom right now, our world leaders, our fellow Believers, our neighbors, friends and family. Ask the Lord to guide us all by granting us His wisdom.
Practical Takeaway: Determine those around you who need God’s wisdom and pray for them. Look at your own situation and identify where you need the Lord’s wisdom and then ask Him for it!