If any of you lack wisdom, you should ask God,
who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given you.
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt because the one who doubts
is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”
James 1:5-7

How many times have I read this promise? Dozens, hundreds, probably more, but this morning I paused and let the promise sink into my spirit. I need wisdom, and the Lord promises me wisdom by simply asking and believing. Jesus Himself said on another occasion, “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24).

I need wisdom, lots of wisdom. I cannot live life well without God’s wisdom. Every relationship I have needs wisdom. So I am choosing to believe that I will see, feel, and sense God’s Presence both in the asking and in the walking it out.

And – in case we need even more incentive for asking, listen to what kind of wisdom we will receive: “The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, and good fruit, impartial and sincere (James 3:17).”

I can feel myself relaxing and sighing deeply as I trust God to give me this kind of wisdom. Not stressful, anxious, or self-willed, but kind, pure, and merciful.

Let’s all pause and ask for wisdom.

Then expect to receive.

And walk forward in confidence and peace.

Have a good week.

-Don Finto