A Generous God of Wisdom

James 1:5-8

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

In the midst of trials, ask your generous God for wisdom.

  1. What is wisdom? (v. 5)


“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”—Proverbs 1:7

 “Wisdom is the grace of Christ beautifying our daily lives.”—Ray Ortlund

  1. Why do we need wisdom? (1:2-4)
  2. How do we get wisdom? (v. 5)
  3. How should we ask for wisdom? (v. 6a-8)

Simple ways that we can apply this to our lives:

  1. In the midst of a trial, when we are perplexed and confused on how to move forward, let’s be a church that stops and asks God for wisdom. There is no need to hyper-spiritualize our prayer to make it more effective. Let’s just simply stop and pray, “God, would you give me wisdom?”
  2. In the midst of a season of hardships and difficulty, ask God for wisdom with an open Bible in front of you. God loves to work in our lives through the means of His inspired Word. As we ask God for wisdom, let’s anticipate and expect his response to come to us through the means of His Word. Ask for wisdom with an open Bible.