A well-known scholar was visiting our campus and I was assigned to take him to lunch. Eager to impress, I thought about some questions I could ask to start a conversation. We sat down for our meal, and I asked my first question. I’ll never forget his answer. “That question is often asked by people who know nothing about the topic,” he said, looking askance at me. He went on to comment about how frustrating it was to be around people who ask ignorant questions. I shrunk into my seat. Needless to say, I didn’t ask any more questions.
How different it is with God! He wants to make us wise. He promises to give wisdom “generously and without reproach” (James 1:5). There are no matters too small or insignificant, no “stupid questions.” He gives the answers freely and without making us feel small.
God gives his wisdom in many ways. For example, Psalm 16:7 says, “I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.” I have often had this experience. During the night hours his answer comes to my mind and heart. Other times he speaks in different ways.
It’s not always simple. We may wrestle with an issue for a long time. But there are two keys to this promise of God. First, we need to ask. The greatest mistake is to leave God out of the picture. Ask! Then listen for his answer. His wisdom will surely come to you.
I am seeking answers today, Lord. What can you tell me about the wisest way to choose? I want to know about your ways. Help me to walk in wisdom, living a life that is pleasing to you. Amen.
Go Deeper — Do you want to ask God questions but hesitate to do so? Be bold enough to ask him today, and then ask the Holy Spirit to tune you into the answer when it comes in God’s perfect timing. If you don’t hear the answer clearly, it’s okay to ask again.
Read Further — What if God doesn’t answer?
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