Hi everyone, the verses that we’re going to look at today are from the first chapter of James. Some of you may remember I did a sermon on the first 4 verses just before Christmas. We’re going to recap on those and then look at verse 5 as well.
1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 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.
So I think it’s important to understand what James means by the word Wisdom. It’s more than simply knowledge. It’s the ability to discern, make the right decision.
We’re all living in a slightly un-normal way at the moment, and it’s causes us to need to make good decisions.
James talks in the first 4 verses about the importance of perseverance in tough times and the difference that can make to our character. He says it can perfect us, make us complete not lacking anything. He’s saying in order to do this we need wisdom, not just knowledge. But the sort of discerning power or ability to make the right choices that comes only from God.
We’re just going to look at, a conversation between Solomon the son of David. Just at the point he becomes king he has this conversation with God. In 1 Kings chapter 3
1 Kings 3: 7-12
7 ‘Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?’
10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, ‘Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice,
12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.
In the face of what was about to be a difficult job for Solomon, he goes to the Lord to ask for Wisdom.
His motive was to do right by those he was now in charge of, he wanted to do the right thing for God.
So God gave to him what he wanted.
What might it be that we need Wisdom for today?
Maybe it’s in who we choose to see from now one, who we help be it friends or family, maybe it’s in when to go out and do our shopping? Can we ask God to help us with our decisions and continue to pray for those in our nation who have big decisions to make that will affect lots of other people. Can we ask God to give us a heart like that of Solomon, to look out for others needs rather than our own.