If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 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 1:5-8 ESV).
Is your dream in life to be rich? Is wealth your ultimate goal? My friend, you may plead, beg, and bargain with God until your voice is hoarse and your knees are bloody, but it is most unlikely to suppose that God will send an armored car to your doorsteps.
Perhaps it is fame that you crave. You envy the adoration given to entertainers and sports figures. A swelling entourage of star-struck fans mixed with savvy publicists and business handlers is, in your estimation, the ultimate status symbol. You may petition God to put you name in lights from now until Armageddon, but in truth, you had better prepare yourself for colonial disappointment. It is most unlikely that you are going to be the next superstar.
Maybe your desires are a bit more, shall we say, carnal. A drop-dead gorgeous wife or a strikingly handsome husband is more to your liking. Perfect hair. Perfect teeth. Perfect build. A living, breathing mate who bears an uncanny likeness to an ancient Greek god or goddess. Go ahead. Ask God to send you a Venus or an Apollo. Who cares about depth of character just as long as the physical attributes are just so-so, right?
There is only one gift that is freely bestowed by God. He gives this one gift to all who ask. So what is this limitless, readily dispensed blessing from above? I will give you a hint. It is not money. It is not fame. And it is certainly not a sexual fantasy figure. It is wisdom. According to James, God is eager to give an abundant measure of wisdom to all who ask.
If you really and truly needed to be wealthy, would not a good God give you a treasure chest of gold? And if fame was in your very best interest, would not a good God make you an instant celebrity? Complete with entourage? And if your ultimate well-being depended upon the perfect hair, perfect teeth, and perfect build of the perfect husband or wife, would not a good God grant you this?
Christian friend, what we need is wisdom. King Solomon, who had the wealth, fame, and perfect wives by the scores, declared that wisdom was better than all this world has to offer. In fact, it was wealth, fame, and a legion of perfect wives that led to Solomon’s downfall.
Wisdom is the ability to see the people, event, and circumstances through God’s eyes. As the world slowly sinks into the quicksand of secularism, wisdom is our most valuable ally. God gives wisdom in abundance. Why? Because wisdom is what we need in these dark days.