Proverbs: Living Wisely – Ask for Wisdom


James 1:6–8; Matthew 6:33; Matthew 7:7–11; Psalm 37:4–7

James follows up his reminder that we need wisdom by saying how we should ask for it. There are two parts to asking for wisdom. One is the initial step of asking, followed by the necessity of faith.

1. Why does James equate doubt with a wave of the sea?
2. What is the first thing God commanded before He will give you the desires of your heart? 
3. What are the last two commands listed in Psalm 37:7?

James is clear that if we have faith when we ask for wisdom, God will give it to us. The idea is that you either believe He will give it to you, or you don’t believe He will. Matthew and Psalm 37 show the  ip side to this. Though we may ask for something, if our heart’s desire isn’t the same as Christ’s, it’s either selfish or not part of God’s grand design. Delighting ourselves with God takes on a bigger meaning than just “Hey, thanks,” but carries with it the idea of being swallowed up in God, His greatness, His plan, His desires—and that our desires should mirror His, and this should be to make His name great! Psalm 66 portrays this beautifully. God desires for you to be wise, but is your desire for wisdom for your sake or His? Intentions are everything. You may give to the poor, tithe regularly, and be at church every time the doors are open, but if your intentions are for some checklist you’ve created to make yourself feel better or make yourself look good, you’re missing the point. Everything in you should long to proclaim the excellence of He who called you (1 Peter 2:9), and out of that should come a lifestyle change. Seek wisdom (Proverbs 4:7), but do it with the intention and desire to glorify God—not yourself.

1. How do you delight yourself in God and seek His kingdom first? 
2. In what areas do you have doubt? Have you taken those to Him?
3. Psalm 27:4 should be our heart’s desire, and it is the solution to any issue we may confront. Is that your heart’s desire? Do your thoughts and actions show it?

Text a friend or family member this week’s memory verse. Pray that God would give you more faith. Pray that God would eliminate any doubt you have, not in blindness, but in enlightenment.