James 1:5

‘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 1:5

In 1 Kings chapter 3, the newly crowed King Solomon is asked by God “What can I give you? Ask.” (vv.4-5).

Could you imagine being asked that by God? It feels almost evil that we would even contemplate God, the creator of the universe, asking a human what they want to receive; and yet that is what God has done for Solomon.

Take a moment, right now, to imagine what you would ask for.


Successful Career.

That beach body.

That relationship.

What would be your ‘go to’ answer? Many of us would ask for a specific, direct, need to be taken care of within our own lives; maybe if we were a little selfless we may ask for something that would benefit our family or friends.

Solomon’s reply goes like this …

“Here’s what I want: Give me a God-listening heart so I can lead your people well, discerning the difference between good and evil. For who on their own is capable of leading your glorious people?”
1 Kings 3:9 (MSG)

The very next verse God is described as being delighted with Solomon’s response. It seems that the desire for wisdom, discernment and a listening heart is what brings joy to God’s heart.

James, the brother of Jesus, says that if anyone is lacking in wisdom that we should simply ask God who is generous in giving out wisdom; it’s almost like God is asking us what do we want?

Are you lacking in wisdom? Is there a big decision pending within your life?

ASK God to give you wisdom in your circumstance, but even better than that, why don’t you ring a friend and ask them to pray for you also and ask on your behalf for more wisdom.


God, you are the giver of all good things, including wisdom. Grant us wisdom, discernment and a listening heart in order that we would make decisions that bring you glory and grants us success. Amen.


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