Do I ask God for His wisdom?
We began LOOKING at James 1:5-8 by reading with a questioning mindset.
We want to LOOK at ‘asking God for wisdom’.
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Let’s Talk to God
O God, we come today earnestly seeking You. We do thirst and yearn for You in this dry and weary land, (Psa 63:1). Give us eyes to see and ears to hear Your Word today. Help us understand what You are saying and why. May we live according to Your Word. Thank you.
Let’s LOOK at What God SAYS
Let GODcha direct you in your discovery.
Where will you begin?
Begin LOOKING By READING
Read James 1:5-8 with a questioning mindset.
Let’s take a peek at James 1:5.
Who is James addressing?
What do we lack and need in trials?
What are we to do?
What will God do?
Unlock the Meaning
Key Words to Reflect On
Let’s crack open Wisdom!
To Understand Wisdom
Check Out the Meaning
Wisdom, sophía; (II) In a higher sense, wisdom, deep knowledge, natural and moral insight, learning, science, implying cultivation of mind and enlightened understanding.
(C) In respect to divine things, wisdom, knowledge, insight, deep understanding, represented everywhere as a divine gift, and including the idea of practical application.
Sophia stands for divine wisdom; the ability to regulate one’s relationship with God. (Lk 2:40; 1Co 1:30; 2:6, 7; 12:8; Eph 1:17; Col 1:9; Jas 1:5; 3:13, 15, 17; 2Pe 3:15).
TIP: Remember to take what you have learned back to the text, to see what it means in its context.
“But if any of you lacks wisdom [deep understanding; divine wisdom; the ability to regulate one’s relationship with God],”
Why do we need wisdom?
Why not ask for strength, etc.?
Because: Wisdom is the right use of knowledge; the skill to apply knowledge!
Remember: This may sound crazy but God is maturing us, we don’t want the trial to be for naught!
Make it count – for His Glory and Your Good!
When do we need wisdom?
When going through trials we need wisdom, God’s wisdom, to:
understand the trial;
to face the trial;
to consider it with joy;
to remember it is producing endurance;
to let it do its work; and
to know how to respond.
See What God Says About
Let’s see what GODcha suggests!
Remember: THINK and REASON, by asking the 5W’s and H questions.
1. According to Daniel, where is wisdom found? Who is the source of wisdom?
a. Wisdom and power belong to God. (Dan 2:20)
b. God reveals the profound and hidden things. (Dan 2:22)
2. Who gives wisdom? Who receives it?
a. God gives wise men wisdom, And knowledge to men of understanding. (Dan 2:21)
b. God gave Daniel wisdom and power; making known what was requested. (Dan 2:23)
c. The Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Pro 2:6)
3. How does Psalms tell us wisdom begins?
The beginning of wisdom is to fear the Lord. (Psa 111:10)
4. According to Corinthians and Colossians, wisdom is in who?
a. Paul contrasts the so-called wisdom of this world with God’s wisdom and power as seen in Christ. (1Co 1:18-30)
b. God’s wisdom centers in the knowledge of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Col 3:16)
5. How is wisdom revealed?
God reveals His wisdom by the Holy Spirit to those who are spiritual. (1Co 2:6-16)
What Did We Learn?
Let’s Sum It Up!
When going through a trial, the place to go is God!
Because wisdom belongs to God, then He is the only one who gives it.
The beginning of wisdom is to fear the LORD.
Wisdom is: seen in Christ;
seen in the knowledge of Christ;
revealed by the Spirit.
Remember, You Want to LISTEN to God!
We want to engage with God.
Letting His Word go down deep,
Take root in our lives!
God speaks, and we are not to refuse Him, (Heb 1:1-2; 12:25).
Therefore, it is critical to HEAR! To have ears that hear, hear with understanding, (Mar 4:23-24); (Luk 8:8).
This is when we LISTEN to the Lord speak to us personally through His Word and Spirit, (Joh 14:16-7; 16:13).
What Did You Hear God Speak
The Spirit might be asking?
Where do I go to get wisdom?
When facing a trial, who do I run to?
Do I run to God?
Do I want God’s wisdom?
Or, do I follow the world’s wisdom?
Do I really fear the Lord?
How does the Spirit reveal God’s wisdom, the profound and hidden things to me?
Respond to God…LIVE it out!
You all, God has abundant wisdom to give, but ‘how’ do we get it?
We’ll look at this tomorrow!
Our Day Has Come to An End!
Chew on all you have LEARNED today about God and His wisdom!
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction,” (Pro 1:7).
Are you trying to go it alone?
Trying to handle your trials on your own?
Oh, why don’t you chat with God who is the source of all wisdom!
He loves you and wants to help you!
Don’t Forget to Put Your Discovery in Your Notes
As we close for the day, let me remind you to:
Put the Definition and the Cross References not only in your Notes, but also in your hardbound Bibles next to Jam 1:5.
Add what you are learning about God to your List.
Take it from me, if you don’t do it now, you won’t!
Let’s Take What We LEARNED and Turn it Into a Prayer
OH FATHER, THE WISE GOD, as we go through life’s trials, what a comfort You have given us as You unveiled more of Your Truth to us today. We recognize that wisdom belongs to You. That knowledge and understanding come from Your mouth and are revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. Oh, that wisdom is seen in You, Lord Jesus! That God’s wisdom is in the knowledge of You, our beloved Lord. Oh Father, as the veil is removed from our eyes, may we acknowledge and confess the many times we have turned to man and not You. The many times we have followed the world’s wisdom and ways. May our trials not be wasted, but rather may we handle them as You would have us learn from them and grow from them. We ask this in Your glorious name, sweet Jesus! Amen!
You’re doing great! Hope to see you tomorrow!
Next: we will continue LOOKING @ ‘how’ we get God’s wisdom.
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