A wise person is someone who knows God’s standards and is able to make good decisions based on those standards. God always wants what is best for us and to that end (so we can live better lives) he wants us to get as much of his type of wisdom as possible. This is why in Proverbs 4:5–7 he instructs us to:
“Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”
God’s wisdom is supreme which in the language of the Old Testament means it is the principal thing—it is first, chief, and primary—it is the beginning.
Ecclesiastes 7:12 says, “Wisdom preserves the life of its possessor.”
God knows we need more wisdom and in James 1:5-6 he tells us how to get it:
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt.”
Do you want more wisdom in your life? Then, apply James 1:15-16 in its various parts:
If any of you lacks wisdom. The “you” here refers to Christians. This passage is God’s promise to all Christians who recognize their need for more godly wisdom. As long as we live on this side of heaven we will always need godly wisdom and plenty of it.
He should ask God. God will provide the wisdom you need to get you to the best answers to life’s most important questions. When making important decisions in your life think of God first. He is the only Alpha and Omega; the only Person who knows all things.
Who gives generously. God will not be stingy with the wisdom he gives you. He will give liberally. There will be no lack of his wise guidance.
God communicates his wisdom through the commandments, principles, and illustrations found in his Word; through the preaching and teaching at your local church; and through the counsel of other believers. The Holy Spirit can illuminate your thinking during times of prayer, reflection, or worship. Look for God’s hand at work in a change in your circumstance. God can get his wisdom to you in many ways.
To all. All Christians are included in God’s promise of more wisdom—every one of us and not just a select few.
Without finding fault. God will give his wisdom to you without reproach. He is a fair, benevolent, and magnanimous God. There will be no condemnation. He is delighted that you turned to him in your time of need.
And it will be given to him. Expect to hear from God. Listen for his message. His answer can come many ways.
But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt. Wisdom is God’s promise and your faith activates his promise. Faith is believing what God says is true while the world gives you reasons to doubt. Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”
God will guide you by making you wise. Do you want to make better decisions in your life? Then, spend time in God’s Word, in prayer, and in the company of other believers. Ask God for more of his wisdom and he will get it to you generously and without reproach.