God Provides Profound Wisdom Not Crippling Condemnation
“Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
Greetings all. I pray you are finding your delight in Jesus Christ of Nazareth!
I have a hunch most everyone is familiar with the beginning portion of this verse but I wonder if everyone is as equally familiar with the second portion that says He will give without criticizing? God lovingly gives to his children to commend us in our faith walk; not to criticize our shortcomings or even or failures. If we ask for wisdom and instead feel a criticism emerge regarding our problems or faults we can rest assured that is not from God. This is not to say we should not be striving to have HIS truth in us and faithfully walk it out in our daily life, but He does not give His wisdom peppered with condemnation. (Merriam-webster.com defines criticism as the act of expressing disapproval and of noting the problems or faults of a person or thing.)
God IS perfect wisdom and in that wisdom, He knows exactly how to best supply us with that wisdom. On the other hand, this is an area in which the enemy is skillfully clever. The point is, we must learn to discern the difference between a prompting requiring repentance and an incitement that brings a crippling.
Here are some places in Scripture that describe God’s wisdom.
God’s Wisdom is Profound
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? Yahweh is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth. He never grows faint or weary; there is no limit to His understanding.” Isaiah 40:28
“God is wise and all-powerful. Who has opposed Him and come out unharmed?” Job 9:4
“But where can wisdom be found, and where is understanding located? No man can know its value, since it cannot be found in the land of the living. The ocean depths say, “It’s not in me,” while the sea declares, “I don’t have it.” Gold cannot be exchanged for it, and silver cannot be weighed out for its price. Wisdom cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in precious onyx or sapphire. Gold and glass do not compare with it, and articles of fine gold cannot be exchanged for it. Coral and quartz are not worth mentioning. The price of wisdom is beyond pearls. Topaz from Cush cannot compare with it, and it cannot be valued in pure gold. Where then does wisdom come from, and where is understanding located? It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing and concealed from the birds of the sky. Abaddon and Death say, “We have heard news of it with our ears.” But God understands the way to wisdom, and He knows its location. For He looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.” Job 28:12-24
“How magnificent are Your works, Lord, how profound Your thoughts!” Psalm 92:5
“I observed all the work of God and concluded that man is unable to discover the work that is done under the sun. Even though a man labors hard to explore it, he cannot find it; even if the wise man claims to know it, he is unable to discover it.” Ecc 8:17
We are instructed to “not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. When someone asks us for our Christian perspective on an issue that is troubling them lets give from the best of our Christian experience; without a crippling critique tied to it. Help me Lord to be more like you. I love your Word and I desire it to take priority position in my life. Help me Lord to love your Word even in the places where it might be the hardest to accept. In the powerful name of Jesus, I ask and believe.
In His grace,