Asking God for wisdom

James 1-5

The Verse of the Day for January 23, 2017 follows closely the words of encouragement found in yesterday’s daily word which focused on the three commands to “ask, seek, and knock.” Today’s exhortation also relates to something that believers should ask God for or earnestly pursue:

James 1:5 (NIV):

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.

Asking God for wisdom can be seen as part of our pursuit of wisdom which we are asked to do, not only in James 1:5, but the Book of Proverbs also offers “words of wisdom” to all those who desire to seek this valuable attribute. Indeed, as Proverbs 16:16 (NLT) tells us:

How much better to get wisdom than gold,
and good judgment than silver!

Once we recognize the inestimable worth of wisdom, we will seek it, knowing that we will find what we diligently pursue.

In reading the Verse of the Day and reflecting on wisdom, I recall this poetic description:

The Power of Wisdom

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:

and with all thy getting get understanding.

Proverbs 4:7

 

When we choose to build, we look to the Scriptures and find

That seeking after wisdom is the key to our success,

For wisdom has great power to promote and to bless.

With wisdom we can perceive the Father’s hidden design.

Companion to wisdom is power to loose and to bind

The enemy and then become the strongman of righteousness.

Follow the way of wisdom and path of holiness.

Pursue wisdom as a treasure, priceless as peace of mind.

As we move toward our destiny, wisdom serves as our midwife

To give birth to dreams within us, waiting to be fulfilled.

Wisdom defeats deceptive spirits and nullifies strife.

We walk in the power of our calling, seeking to be filled

With wisdom which brings riches and honor and a long life:

We use wisdom first to dismantle, then accurately build.

Today’s entry concludes with a moving rendition of “The Perfect Wisdom of God” by Keith and Kristyn Getty:

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