Book learning isn’t always enough.
We all know the smart, well-educated person on our street or at our job that understands all the facts but can’t put them to good use.
Even the simplest of social tasks causes them to stumble.
They’re missing out on how to use what they’ve learned. They’ve bypassed what we call the wisdom counter. They are ill-equipped to put their knowledge into practice.
James 1:5-8 peels back God’s plan to give his children the know-how to be successful in all they do. Let’s take these verses one at a time.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given unto him.”
We don’t have to fumble any longer. God says to simply ask for wisdom.
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”
It’s important to trust that we will receive our wisdom from the Lord.
“For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.”
If we lose our confidence in God, we will flounder in all that we try to do for him.
“He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
We must remain focused on God. The world cannot be allowed to draw us away from our Christian purpose.
We need knowledge as our base, but it takes wisdom to follow our Lord.
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