James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (NKJV)
What is wisdom anyway? To me, one of the best definitions without going to the dictionary I've heard is that wisdom is knowledge applied. Knowledge applied. Now that is easier said than done, huh? Especially when third parties (i.e. our spouses, children, family & friends, co-workers) come into play to challenge our emotions, etc.
How do we get wisdom? How do we gain the understanding and discernment that is of God and that allows us to proceed through our daily lives with confidence and peace? We get true wisdom from God. We can gain knowledge through our experiences, but to apply lessons learned from past experiences to current circumstances takes God to change our hearts for a lasting effect to take place.
King Solomon wasn't afraid to ask for wisdom. When he was just starting out in his kingship, he was a humble man. Through his humility, he approached God for help. Hmmm...wouldn't we all be wise to do the same in every circumstance? Here's what Solomon said:
1 Kings 3:7 And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.
8And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
9Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
10And the speech pleased the LORD, that Solomon had asked this thing.
God was pleased that Solomon asked. When was the last time you asked for wisdom from God? The bible says that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. Have you ever thought about why this is so? I believe the reason is because it takes a humble heart, coming to God in reverant fear of His awesome power, to truly seek God's ways and not our own. If we truly feared God - what He thought, how He is in control of everything - we would come crawling to Him seeking forgiveness and direction in our lives more often.
Things to think about:
1) What things in my life am I still insisting on doing my way?
2) Who in my life could I treat with more lovingkindness if I asked God for wisdom in doing so?
3) How am I to proceed down the path of life God has chosen for me?