“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5 KJV
This was my verse of the day today. Just read it. . . . . now reread it. . . now process and think about it.
To me this verse says, if you don’t know what to do, if you have questions, if things aren’t going the way you planned, ask God. That’s it, just ask God. If we don’t know which way to turn, if we don’t know where our path in life is taking us or what our next move should be, we should ask God.
God doesn’t care if our question is “stupid”–disclosure I believe there are no stupid questions–sometimes we need to answer our own questions, but they’re not stupid. God doesn’t care if we’ve made 100 wrong decisions and tried everything else before asking Him, He’s waiting for us to ask Him. God knows when we need His help, all we have to do is ask.
Maybe others would focus on the “lack wisdom” part of this verse, but that doesn’t speak to me as much as the part where we should ask God. In everything we should ask God. We should be constantly praying and seeking God’s will and God’s advice. How many times do we look to our friends to see what they think we should do about something? How many times do we try to see what our selfish self wants over what God would have us do?
Now lets move on to the second half of the verse. God gives to us His answers and His help at no cost to us. We don’t have to sit through a lecture of how “I’ve told you a hundred times. . . ” or “didn’t I tell you. . . ” or listen to the “I was right. . . ” speech. No, God isn’t like that. God says come and let Me help you. I want to give to you, if you will only let Me. I want to take all your problems and GIVE to you.
God only wants to give to us. He only wants to help us. He only wants to be there for us when we need Him.
I needed this verse. Things are topsy turvy in my life these days and I needed to be reminded to take it to God. To hand my life and my problems over to God. To ask God for help and then sit and listen while He pours forth liberally on me not rebuking me for not coming sooner. This is why He is our loving God. I for one am glad of this.
What about you? What does this verse say to you? How can this verse help you in your life?