Wisdom Goes Beyond Common Sense - James 1:5 -

“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

By "wisdom," James is talking not only about knowledge but about the ability to make wise decisions in difficult circumstances. Christians don't have to grope around in the dark, hoping to stumble upon answers. We can ask for God's wisdom to guide our choices. The wisdom that we need has three distinct characteristics:

(1) It is practical. The wisdom from God relates to life even during the most trying times. This wisdom is the tool by which trials are overcome. An intelligent person may have profound ideas, but a wise person puts profound ideas into action. The wise person chooses the most likely reason and proceeds to take action. (2) It is divine.

God's wisdom goes beyond common sense. Common sense does not lead us to choose joy in the middle of trials. This wisdom begins with respect for God, leads to living by God's direction, and results in the ability to tell right from wrong. (3) It is Christlike. Asking for wisdom is ultimately asking to be like Christ. The Bible identifies Christ as the "wisdom of God" (1 Corinthians 1:24; 2:1-7).

If we are in the midst of a trial and don't know what to do, we can ask God for wisdom and He will grant it unto us. And He does it without rebuke. This is very important because most of the trials we encounter are self-inflicted. If we feel God is angry with us, we might fail to seek His wisdom, but that's not the way the Lord is. If we are in trouble, we can ask for His help and wisdom and He gives it without rebuke. Thank You, Jesus!

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