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"But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." James 1:5
All of us have been in those situations in which we wished we could have somehow had access to an unlimited supply of wisdom.
The need for wisdom is often related to interpersonal relationships such as marriage, the training and discipline of children, or other various social relationships which are a very real part of life.
Interestingly enough, the statement which the apostle James makes concerning wisdom is in the context of the various trials which we encounter in life.
Wisdom is one of the key ingredients in understanding and responding properly to those difficulties in life which can try men’s souls.
Implied in the apostle’s statement is the fact that all men have a lack of wisdom.
That is, they do not have in and of themselves a perfect understanding of the true nature of things.
True wisdom consists in seeing things from God’s point of view.
It is true men posses what the Bible refers to as "human wisdom;" but it falls very short of divine wisdom.
The source of divine wisdom is God Himself and His Holy infallible word.
If men would have true wisdom, they must study to know God as He is revealed in His word.
John Calvin once said, "True and substantial wisdom principally consists in two parts, the knowledge of God, and the knowledge of ourselves."
Where but in the Bible is the true and living God revealed?
Where but in the Bible can you find an accurate assessment of the man’s true condition?
It is only as men know God and know themselves they can begin to see things from God’s point of view.
While it is true that throughout the entirety of our lives we need wisdom, it is equally true that wisdom is especially needed when we encounter the various trials of life.
Those trials which can be so confusing and perplexing that there doesn’t seem to be any answer.
Those times when decisions have to be made which have far reaching implications not only for ourselves but for others as well.
The apostle instructs that in such times we are to pray and ask God for wisdom.
It is only when one is prepared to abandon what seems to be wise by human standards in order to accept without hesitation the divine viewpoint as revealed in scri pture that he can claim to have true wisdom.