“If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5, AMPC).
“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:17, ESV)
Is there some area of your life today in which you are desperately needing God’s wisdom? Read on, then, for some wonderful news!
Scripture tells us that Christ Himself has become for us wisdom from God (1 Cor. 1:30). He actually is wisdom; wisdom is a living Person. The more you walk with this Person, the more wise you will become. In the verses above, James provides us with two beautiful glimpses into the heart of Jesus, the embodiment of our wisdom.
The first thing we learn about our Wisdom is that His nature is giving. There is no reluctance or reticence in His demeanor, whatsoever. His disposition is generous to the point of lavishness. We don’t need to beg, plead, jump through hoops, or try to talk Him into answering. When it comes to responding to our requests for His guidance, He is big-hearted and open-handed. He gives His answers liberally and ungrudgingly; His soul overflows with unrestrained extravagance in response to us. He relishes it when we ask, and He delights in answering!
Here’s what will happen when you seek Him for wisdom: “How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you… Your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’” (Isa. 30:19-22, NIV).
As soon as you cry out, He is responding to you. He does not hide Himself from His children. It’s like one of those hide-and-seek games a daddy might play with his toddler – he “hides” with a leg sticking out in plain sight. His little one spots him immediately and shrieks with delight, running into his arms. Our Daddy God makes Himself so easy to find, if we will set our hearts to seek Him!
The next glimpse James gives us into the nature of Jesus our Wisdom has to do with the sound of His voice. Jesus is our Wisdom from heaven, so the list of characteristics in the second verse above is a description of how He speaks. Once you have inquired of Him, this is what to listen for: His tone will be first of all “pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”
As He responds to you and begins to communicate His direction to your spirit, His expression will carry purity, peace, and gentleness. He will show you that He is open to your feelings and perspective, desirous of listening to you too. He will reveal to you that His heart towards you is full of mercy, overflowing with all the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness – those are His fruits!).
So take a deep breath and sink down into His faithfulness. His covenant commitment to instruct you in the way you should go is unwavering, impartial and sincere!
As you have walked with Jesus our Wisdom, what are some of the keys He has given you for decision-making? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!