BCL Grow: Wisdom — James 1:5

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James 1:5 (Sanctification)

Bible Passage

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. — James 1:5


“The purpose of gaining knowledge is to become wise in the sense of knowing how to live in a way that is pleasing to God. God Himself never makes foolish decisions or behaves in a foolish manner. There is no foolishness in His character or activity. We, on the other hand, are filled with foolishness. Yet wisdom is a communicable attribute [of God], and God Himself is the fountainhead and source of all wisdom. If we lack wisdom, we are called to pray that God, in His wisdom, would illuminate our thinking (James 1:5). He gives us His Word that we might be wise.” — Everyone’s a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology, R. C. Sproul, p. 70.

Steps to Take

1. Ponder: What means does God use to graciously give us his wisdom in answer to our prayer for wisdom? Consider how gracious God is to freely give us his good and perfect wisdom.

2. Remember: God’s word, the Bible, is filled with his wisdom. The wisdom books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon are especially helpful for knowing more about how we should strive to live in ways that please God and help one another. 

3. Rejoice: We have a loving father to whom we can cry out in prayer, and we have the only mediator between God and us, Christ Jesus, sitting at God’s right hand who intercedes on our behalf. Rejoice that though this life is one of suffering and difficulty God graciously shares his wisdom with us when we ask.

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