Why Do We Not Ask God For His Wisdom?

Why Do We Not Ask God For His Wisdom?

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously … But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, …For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” — James 1:5-6 (ESV)


“Why do we not ask for God’s wisdom” if God is waiting and wanting to generously give us His wisdom? How crazy that we have infinite access to holy God through the person and work of Jesus – yet we simply don’t ask. It would be like having Yoda working in an office down the hall from you and you never go knock on his door and say, “Yoda, I have a question…” That would be ridiculous and … crazy.

In James 1:8, I believe God tells us the reason we don’t ask – we are ”double-minded …, unstable in all (our) ways.” God is saying the reason we don’t ask is greater and deeper than we are just lazy. God says we have a mind that is double, triple, or quadruple – minded. Our mind believes at times: we ourselves have wisdom, that a trusted political commentator has wisdom, that our favorite artist has wisdom.  We believe wisdom is in many places so we go there rather than asking God. Double-minded means we believe many have wisdom. Simply put, we don’t see God as our only source of wisdom.  What is the end result of this double-mindedness? We miss out on God’s wisdom. ( 7For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.) 


When all other wisdom fails and we get desperate, we often seek God. How can we live desperate believing that God alone has wisdom?

  • “Faith” that you have been asked to join God in His grand redemption plan as His son/daughter. When we really believe we are a part of something great, bigger than us – we get desperate. News flash – we are. We just forget. The gospel, the finished work of Christ says – you are a part of something majestic an eternal. Your job, your simple family activities, your friendships – God is weaving all of these into His great redemption work. See and believe this.
  • Tell God you often doubt He alone is wisdom that never fails. Tell Him you want to believe this, at times you do, but at other times, you doubt. Be honest! Confess this too Him. Then ask for Him to increase your faith that He alone is Wisdom. God alone is Wisdom. Are you willing to let him have this role you have taken or that you have given to others. Tell Him – He is waiting and willing to help you become single-minded.
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