God Wants Us to Ask for Wisdom

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7).

A little boy was overheard praying: “Lord, if you can’t make me a better boy, don’t worry about it. I’m having a real good time like I am.” Without knowing what to pray for, we too tend to pray for the wrong things.

But Jesus says in John 16:24, “…ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” What should we ask God for? Every day we need to ask God for His Wisdom.

James 1:5 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

Wisdom is seeing life from God’s perspective. It’s recognizing the relationship between our problems and our violation of Biblical principles. It’s understanding why things happen and being able to see God’s purposes behind our difficulties and conflicts (Romans 8:28-29; Philippians 1:12).

Life is held together by a very intricate series of cause-and-effect relationships. You cannot obey God’s ways without being blessed; but you cannot ignore God’s ways or disobey them without there being consequences in your life and in your relationships with others. Scripture speaks of this in Galatians 6:7 – “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” This is true in every area of our lives.

Many times we fail to appreciate and understand this truth. When we encounter difficulties or conflict, we just think we’re having a spate of bad luck; but there’s no such thing as bad luck in the Christian life. Our lives are not governed by chance but by our attitude and response to the eternal truth of God’s Word.

That’s why instead of getting angry and bitter toward people that hurt us; we need to see them as tools in God’s hands that He is using to accomplish His plans and purposes. Ecclesiastes 7:9 says “…for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.” Anger is never a wise and appropriate response from the Christian.

Joseph was able to forgive his brothers because he understood how God used the wrongs committed against him to accomplish His sovereign will. He was able to speak softly and kindly to those who had treated him harshly. Joseph said to his brothers, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive” (Genesis 50:20).

More often than not, the difficulties and conflicts of life are used of God to conform us more and more to the character of Christ (Romans 8:28-29). Ask God daily for His wisdom to know how to respond to life situations and to clearly see His sovereign purposes behind why things happen.

Morris Hull
Home Life Ministries