Wisdom For The Pandemic? Ask God.


James 1:5-8 – Asking the One who has the answers.

We are continuing with our short series of messages from the book of James which was written to suffering people who had been forcibly scattered or dispersed and were enduring some very difficult trials and persecutions. We are not enduring exactly the same situations, but many at this moment are still confined to their homes, cannot work, go to school, travel or be around their loved ones as they would like to be. Another grave problem that is happening at this time is that professionals are saying that many are  presently suffering depression and other mental struggles and they foresee this as an ongoing problem we will be facing. There is also these sad reports of domestic violence on the rise as well as growing statistics about abuse of children. To complicate these times other are having difficulties finding enough food, trouble getting out to the stores and hardships with having other necessities of life. So in reality this seems to be a very hard time on many.

We have seen that James, the half brother or our Lord, writing by inspiration of the Holy Spirit addresses many of these very problems. He first tells us if we find ourselves in such trials, first we are to “count it all joy”.  That truly can be difficult pill to endure sometimes, but we will discover that joy is truly the best attitude that we can approach solutions to our difficulties.

We have also learned that we must know some (James 1:3) things like how the things we go through are a trial or testing of our faith. Friend, do you have faith to get through the struggles? And then he says these trials can be useful to bring us to a completed work in our lives with a more perfect, mature faith. It may be hard to understand but we will be better for the trials we pass through and an extra bonus, we will not lack one thing. (James 1:4)

And in our message today we can learn something more, that if we feel we cannot understand how to get through these times, if we lack wisdom we are told to “ask of God”. (James 1:5)  When we will ask we will find other truths about God that we have been learning – We can see his omnipotence, His omniscience and His omnipresence. Three great and unchangeable characteristics or attributes of our God. He is all powerful, all knowing and He is always with us.

So friends, we are to ask for wisdom from God and when we ask we learn some great truths about God for our needs.
Proverbs 2:6 “For the Lord giveth wisdom:  out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.”Proverbs 16:16. “How much better is it to get wisdom than gold!
and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!”
Psalms 90:12. “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”  This is a great verse as we advance in age. Apply your hearts to God’s word and get wisdom from Him.

Now, when we ask wisdom from God what I am about to say now will be exactly what we need to know:

1 – First the Scripture says that God gives to all who ask. Wow! God is such a great God. Wherever you are, whoever you are, Ask God.  James 1:5;  Job 28:12-13 “But where shall wisdom be found?  and where is the place of understanding? Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.” Man does not have the wisdom, does not have the answers, but God does.
2 –  Another thing we learn in verse 5 is that He gives to liberally. He is generous. His giving is abundant.  And why not. Look at Ephesians 1:7 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”  He gives richly.  Ephesians 2:7. “That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”  Phil. 4:19  God has wisdom in abundance.  Rom. 11:33 “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”
3 – Further along in verse 5 we learn that He does not reproach us or upbraid us when we ask. We can ask in confident trust that our sovereign God will answer without chiding us. Hebrews 11  is a great and well-known chapter that comes to us with many examples of faith.  People of all walks of life are lifted up as examples for us of faith. And they find that God always gives what is wisdom and other things needed without upbraiding, rebuking or finding fault with them due their past sin or previous ingratitude.  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
4 – We certainly must testify and acknowledge that yes! –  He gives! That is what God does. He is a giving God. Rom 8:32. “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” And Mat 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
5 – After all this that we learn about God giving wisdom we come in James 1:6  to an important caveat:  We must ask in faith. What does that mean? It simply means don’t waver. Don’t doubt. Don’t be a hypocrite. Don’t be divided between God and the things of the world. And then James explains verses 6-8 what that type of asking is like. He creatively describes how that kind of asking is like the waves driven back and forth by the wind. Blown from one side to the other. So, we are to ask in faith without doubt or we cannot think they will get what they ask God for in prayer. To ask with doubts is to be double minded and unstable in all your ways. Doubtful asking effects us in all our areas and all walks of life.

Friend, I need wisdom every day in my life to get through our present trial or any other that may come along. We all need daily wisdom. Ask for wisdom from God. Ephesians 5:15-16.  “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”  Friend, if you are not a child of God, if you are not saved and sure of heaven, the first thing you need do is to ask God to save you. To save you on the merits and only because of the work of His Son Jesus on Calvary.  He died, was buried and is risen. He can and will save. Ask believing and you shall receive. God bless you as you seek wisdom from God to pass through the trials of life.

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