“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.”
In the last part of verse 4 it says “..that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing” and then goes into verse 5 saying “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God. Throughout many years of my life my family suffered many hardships and the Lord just kept leading me to James chapter 1, mainly verses 2-11. Verse 5 really hits me with the “let him ask of God” because sometimes I tend to think that wisdom is only for the “righteous” and extremely “Godly”. Over the years I’ve come to realize that God gives wisdom to those who ask and really want wisdom. Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he would seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” All I have to do is ask and He will give it to me without reproach if I truly mean it in my heart and desire to have the wisdom of God.
Application: Today I will ask the Lord to give me wisdom in my times of struggle and failure.
“The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look , a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.”
In verses 5 and 6 of Matthew 11 Jesus says “The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended by me.” Jesus loved everyone no matter what skin color, how they acted, or what they believed. He had no limits. Jesus came eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners, drunkards and gluttons. He didn’t care what He looked like while spending time with these people. This makes me ask the question “Do I have limitations to who I share the gospel with?” Christ died for everyone, He loves me just as much as the next person. His love is unconditional!
“But wisdom is justified by her works”
Wisdom is shown by the works of Christ. If I let go and let Him lead my life He will equip me with wisdom for every situation.
Application: Today I will let go of whatever worries or stresses I am holding on to and ask God to fill me with His wisdom and allow Him to work in and through me. I will surrender to God my fear of not sharing His love with others just because I may feel uncomfortable or it may be inconvenient.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom..”
For years I always thought that the fear of the Lord was like being scared of Him but in a bad way, like if I committed a sin He would disown me forever and never want anything to do with me. So growing up I always felt like I was walking on egg shells with God. One day I asked my mom what the fear of the Lord actually meant because I was sick of feeling scared all the time. She told me that it was the knowledge of His presence, it was at that moment I realized that the fear of the Lord meant having a respect for His power, realizing that God is everywhere at all times.
“…A good understanding have all those who do His commandments…”
When I follow His commandment and not deliberately sin His praise endures forever. God finds joy when I obey Him and His commandments. He finds joy when I stay on His path and give up my own.
Application: Today I will fear the Lord and acknowledge His presence as Lord of my life and everything surrounding me. I will strive to be more like Christ and less like myself. To be a servant.
Think of God like the ocean. It is powerful, yet people still jump in it and spend a lot of their lives loving it. God is powerful, He made the Heavens and the earth, He is the almighty and yet He still loves me and is patient with me. He gave His son for me and I need to not be scared to trust Him and jump all in. Live my life completely surrounded by Him. It won’t be easy but it will be abundant.
My key verse for this section is part of Vs. 8 “…Lord I am not worthy that You should come under my roof…”
This little nugget shows me that even though I may not feel worthy of Christ’s love He knows my heart and mind and no matter what I have done the Lord is willing to use me if I just let Him. A lot of the time I feel not worthy of Christ’s love and the sacrifice He paid for me. Satan knows that this is one of my biggest weaknesses and he knows that all it takes is one little thought and it will take over my thoughts and ruin my whole day. The fact that even though the man didn’t feel worthy enough to be blessed by the Lord, Jesus knew his heart and the faith the man had and He rewarded his faith. Christ knows my heart and even though I may not feel worthy to have His love, He is patient with me and in His timing He will work in my life but until then I will continue to pray that He take this feeling of unworthiness away and replace it with a peace that surpasses all understanding.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
1. Is my faith based off of the unseen or is it based off of what I have seen the Lord do in my life and others?
2. Do I have faith that God is going to hold me and be the strength in my life?
3. Am I willing to let the Lord lead even when I feel stuck and like He isn’t working in my life?
This is an extremely hard situation for me to surrender. To let go and let God means that I have to be less focused on me, myself, and I. I am a very controlling person and I want everything to be in my control, to be planned out, and set out to where I am able to see a clear goal. To let go has been a struggle that I have had for years. I pray and ask the Lord to take this burden of always worrying about what I am going to do next away but I never give Him the chance to take control. This makes me ask the question “Do I really want the Lord to lead my life?”. Yes of course I want Him to lead my life and show me His plan but what it really comes down to is “Am I patient enough to wait on the Lord?”. I know that His plan Is greater than my own I just need to have faith in Him. This year for me will be a time of surrendering my life completely to Him. I can surrender my life by praying for the things that completely distract me from Him. To fully allow Him to take control and be my Leader and Teacher.