Solomon was the son of King David, and he reigned as the king of Israel following his father’s death. At the start of Solomon’s reign, God gave him an astounding opportunity. God told Solomon, “Ask what I shall give thee” (1 Kings 3:5). Solomon’s response, “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?” Solomon recognized the enormous task at hand in reigning as king of a nation. He understood that he did not have all the wisdom needed to succeed in such a huge responsibility!
We maybe haven’t been faced with the responsibility of leading a nation, but I am sure all who are reading would agree that we face circumstances in life that we have no idea how to handle. It is in these everyday moments that God desires to impart to us His divine wisdom!
In James 1:5-6 the Bible declares, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
If you desire for God’s wisdom to be imparted to you, there are a few steps that need to be taken.
First, we must be conscious that we lack the wisdom we need. The Scripture says, “If any of you lack wisdom.” Divine wisdom will never be attained by the person who does not see their need for it. Any sensible person wouldn’t put themselves through radiation treatment unless they were diagnosed with cancer. The knowledge of illness urges a response to seek treatment. Come to the recognition that you continuously lack the wisdom needed to take on the task so that you may consistently seek after God for that required wisdom.
It is with this first step in mind that we are able to take the second step and Commit to Ask. The verse continues, “let him ask of God.” Asking involves both humility and action. We must be humble enough to recognize that we lack and faith-filled enough to know God can answer. As little children learn to ask their parents for help in a difficult task so we must learn to ask our heavenly Father for help.
It is important that with this act of asking God for wisdom we are Confident of an Answer. Verse 5 closes with these words, “and it shall be given him.” We can be confident in God to provide the wisdom to our request! At times we can question whether a teacher, or authority has the answers we need to a problem or circumstance with good reason — we are finite people with limited knowledge. However, this is never the case with God! No situation takes God by surprise. There is no circumstance that He does not know how to work out. There is no problem that he does not have the answer to. God is limitless with His knowledge and wisdom! Romans 11:33 proclaims, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” We can be confident that God knows the answer to our struggle and will provide the wisdom needed to one who asks.
We must remember that all of these steps are Conditioned upon faith. The Bible states, “But let him ask in faith.” If we want the wisdom that God desires to give for every moment of life, we must follow through with faith. It is incredible that infinite, almighty God wishes to impart His wisdom unto us if we would be conscious that we lack, committed to asking, and confident of an answer all through the condition of faith. He has wisdom for you today!