Living Word Devotional By Pastor Mensa Otabil

Thursday, July 11th 2019


If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. –James. 1:5

If you were asked to specify the chief defect in human, you would probably have thought of something else than wisdom. Yet wisdom is the key missing factor. In this exhortation, there are three points to be noted. First, the great deficiency in the Christian character – WISDOM. Second, the great means of getting it – ASK. Third, the great guarantee of the SUPPLY – by the giving God, whose gifts are bestowed on all liberally and without upbraiding.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God.” That is the basic Christian position. In other words, this kind of wisdom comes from above; it is a gift from the heavenly Father. He alone is the source of wisdom, not the philosophers, nor the scientists, nor all the intellectual disciplines of the world. Wisdom is found only in God, but he does not keep it to himself. He gives His wisdom to those who ask him.

Remember when you ask God, He will supply you wisdom generously, not holding back. A story is told of the Welsh village which flooded in heavy rain. The Red Cross personnel came in a boat looking for survivors in the darkness. A man clambered out of the boat and walked gingerly up the roof of a submerged house and shouted down a chimney forlornly, “Red Cross!” A thin Welsh voice echoed back up the chimney, “We gave last week, today no!” Men can find a fault for not giving, but God never finds fault.

God reveals His wisdom to us by His Word, the Bible. However, Scripture encourages us to also seek God’s wisdom in wise and godly counsels (Proverbs 11:14), and also by observing God’s creation (Psalm 19:1). But the ultimate source of all wisdom is God Himself. Don’t go through a day without asking God for wisdom. It is the principal thing.

Prayer: Lord, give me the spirit of wisdom to guide me in all my daily decision and choice.

Scriptural Reading: James 1:1-8




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