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 1:5What do you do when you lack wisdom?
Asking God isn't always my first impulse. I'm much more comfortable reaching for a book, jumping on the internet or talking to a friend.
I had a good friend who wandered into the Duke Gardens one night, desperate for wisdom. He prayed and called out to God for half the night, but nothing happened. After this, my friend's face fell and he went away sad. He thought he had his answer: God doesn't care. That was the day that broke his faith.
I've been hesitant ever since to encourage people to go to God seeking wisdom. Thinking they've found wisdom from God, I've seen people jump into materialism and Mormonism and bad relationships. But that's nothing compared to the disappointment, the people who walk away from their seeking thinking that God doesn't care.
But God's concern over and over again appears in Scripture.
And it James it comes across blazingly clear. God wants us to have wisdom. He wants us to have wisdom so much! He wants us to have wisdom so much, he'll give it to us himself. He doesn't make us earn it or go through intermediaries.
And why should we believe that he's generous?
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? - Romans 8:32