“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.” ~ James 1:5

Of all the aspects of God, his wisdom is one that he shares freely. People think of God as some kind of stern judge, waiting on us to mess up so he can punish us. If that were the case, why would he give us the Bible? Why would he give us salvation? Why would he give us himself?

God is not a stern judge. The verse above says that he gives generously without finding fault. He is a loving father. Yes, we make mistakes, but he is rooting for us. And just like a parent who would do anything for their children, God wants to do that with us. He wants to share his wisdom with us because He is pleased with us.

God was pleased with Solomon. God showed his favor by placing him on the throne of Israel. Where it had been a struggle for his father David, it happened with ease for Solomon. To show his appreciation for God, Solomon responded by bringing the people together and placing 1000 offerings on the altar. God then told Solomon to ask for whatever he wanted.

Solomon could have asked for riches. He could have asked for his enemies to be destroyed. He could have asked for anything. But he asked for wisdom. Not for himself, but because Israel deserved a great leader and he wanted to be worthy.

God granted him the request and then some. He gave Solomon wisdom of great renown and blessed his reign over Israel.

Here’s the thing. You can do that, too. You can ask God for wisdom. He has clearly stated in his word that he will give it to you (James 1:6). The only thing he asks for in return is that you believe.

Whatever you are going through, wherever you are right now, know that you can ask God for wisdom. And he will give it to you.

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