Just Ask!

5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him (James 1).

God glories in our asking Him for things—especially wisdom. For it is in the asking that we must admit both our lack and His abundance, both our dependence and His sovereignty. It is in the asking that we realize that we have no wisdom of our own, and that we can never conjure it up through our own reasoning powers. 

If we have any wisdom at all, it is because He has given it—whether or not we have even asked for it. Such is the manifold grace of God upon all men, that for the sake of at least some measure of goodness and peace in this dark world, He gives wisdom (and how many other things) even when lost mankind does not ask Him for it. But how much more wisdom will He lavish upon those who humble themselves and actually ask for it!

Lord, there is not a one of us who does not need more wisdom. Thank You for that which You will give us This Day—even when we do not ask—but Lord, please help us to ask. Amen.