Today’s Truth

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 NIV).

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You know when you get those unsolicited phone calls from telemarketers? My husband James has a funny way of dealing with them.

He picks up the phone and says cheerily, “You got the questions? We got the answers!”  That usually causes unwanted callers to hang up abruptly. Sometimes he’ll answer, “Pizza Palace, what would you like to order?” which also confuses them. But one of the funniest things he does is ask them for money. “Do you have any money I can borrow?”

Isn’t it nice that talking to God is never like that?

When we call up to heaven, He never says to an angel, “Oh no, it’s this lady again! I better make up an excuse so I don’t have to talk with her too long. She really does go on and on!”

No – quite the contrary – the Lord welcomes our cries for help. When your toddler is screaming or your teen is withdrawing, you can call out to God for wisdom. When your financial picture seems bleak or your exercise efforts don’t seem to be paying off, you can look up to heaven for help.

Today’s truth James 1:5 (NIV) says, “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.”

The Living Bible reads this way, “If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it.”

God is waiting to give you wisdom and He’s more than happy to give it. I like to think about wisdom as understanding God’s will and applying it to your life. King Solomon had a lot to say about wisdom:

“For wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her” (Proverbs 8:11 NIV).

“Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse” (Proverbs 2:12 NIV).

“Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you” (Proverbs 4:6 NIV).

“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established” (Proverbs 24:3 NIV).

Consider the inverse of these verses. What happens without wisdom?

Your life will lack the treasures God has available for you.

You will not be saved from the ways of wicked people.

You are left vulnerable and unprotected.

Your home is built on shaky ground.

That is a much grimmer picture. It can be tempting to seek help in your life in magazine articles, social media posts, or popular opinion. But that’s not where wisdom resides. We need to call out to God in prayer and to read the Bible to truly discover wisdom.

My husband James has teased the telemarketers by saying, “You got the questions? I have the answers!” But the only one who can really make this statement truthfully is God. To have some fun, you might imagine God answering the phone this way the next time you cry out to him with a question.

I know a mom who has a sign which reads, “Good morning, this is God. I will be handling all your problems today.” I like that. That mom understands where wisdom resides. How wonderful that we serve a God who doesn’t help us begrudgingly. Today’s truth reminds us that He gives generously without finding fault. Call on Him for wisdom today.

Let’s Pray

Dear God, thank You for the promises found in the Bible. I know when I ask for wisdom, You generously give it. Please give me wisdom today to discern between right and wrong. Help me to know how to respond to the people and circumstances around me according to Your ways.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn  

What situation do you need wisdom for right now? Thank God throughout the day that He will guide you along the right path and give you the wisdom you need.

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5 Responses to “Calling Out for Wisdom”

  1. Avatar photo Carol says:

    Thank you Arlene, for your devotion this morning.
    This area of Wisdom, is always a “if-y” situation for me, because of my life long struggle with self confidence.
    I do know that relying on God’s power, Jesus’ heart, and the gentle guidance of the Spirit, I will be shown the right answers.
    I really don’t know how some people, just go blindly into life without God’s help?
    Thank you, for your prayer. It will be a portion of my prayer for this day!

  2. Avatar photo Sheila says:

    Morning Arlene
    I need to be reminded everyday that God is there to ask for wisdom each day. I have a grown son living with me with a drug addiction that he has had for several years. That’s the first thing I think of when I open my eyes is will today be the day he wants to get clean. Urs wearing me down mentally and physically. I know God sees this and is working in his time not mine. I can get my wisdom through calling out to God.
    Blessings to you

  3. Avatar photo Shelly says:

    Thank you Arlene! 8 years ago I was struggling with life, but I got on my knees and prayed that God would take over and show me the way I was to go, because I prayed and said I cannot do this on my own at all anymore and he answered my prayers with many many blessings! It was Not a quick fix and that is when I started following girlfriends in God daily and I just thank God every day for giving me another day; every day is a new beginning for me To be blessed and happy and to try to be a better person more like Jesus less like me! I’m so thankful that God is my father and I have a lot of women of ministry that I follow through girlfriends and God and podcasts I have been touched so much I’m just so grateful for my life every day! I have a family, husband, three grown children and two grandkids!

    I owe everything to my God my father and my Savior Jesus!

  4. Avatar photo Shirley Shepard says:

    I like to say to the telemarketers, “Wait. Let me tell you about Jesus and what He has done for you and then I will listen to you.”

  5. We are not alone – God is with us. Thank you so much for your words and blessing me today!

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