“…If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or fault-finding, and it will be given him. Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting)…” (James 1: 5-6a)
The Amplified Bible really helps me here. If, it begins. If only I heard the If more quickly! I am so so tempted to try to sort things out under my own steam, that I tend to forget that –believe it or not – first, I do lack wisdom and second, I forget to ask. It seems so easy to do — yet so often we don’t think to ask God for help.
It’s like the insistence during a car journey that you can find your own way and you refuse to listen to either SatNav or Spouse. Both of whom sit in an eye-rolling silence whilst you make matters worse and worse. If only you asked!
Every single day we encounter situations that need God’s guidance to show us what to do. The verse here reminds that not only do we often fail to ask at all, but when we do, we do so hesitatingly and doubtfully. We “reserve judgement” and make our own wisdom the final arbiter.
There’s quite a bit of pride there, isn’t there? Not to mention a huge amount of folly, which makes the asking of wisdom ironically appropriate. The very fact of not asking proves the need to ask more!
But God gives to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or fault-finding. He will give us all we need. He doesn’t hold it back.
And when we are faced with a difficult junction, we will know where to turn.