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Devotionals 2005

Gaining Wisdom
October 10, 2005 • By Ed Wrather


If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. - James 1:5-6.

It could be that scientists may need to revise their understanding of the intelligence of gorillas and chimpanzees. In the past few weeks, a gorilla was observed using a stick to help her walk and also to measure how deep the water was before entering. At the Belfast Zoo in Northern Ireland, three chimpanzees managed to escape. Trying to frighten the chimps back to their compound, the security guards fired shoots into the air. In response, the chimps halted their escape and put up their hands.

Scientists may also want to reevaluate the intelligence of human beings given some news reports that I have read. Such as the driver in Australia who was stopped by a police officer for speeding. He was traveling at over 120mph. It was early in the morning, and the driver told the officer that he did not know that police officers worked that late. A police spokesperson did verify that they are a “24-hour organization.” In addition, a woman arrested in Norway for bigamy said that she had simply forgotten she was already married. We human beings do seem to have trouble remembering, but I think I would have remembered that.

As you can see, we human beings are in need of wisdom; and if we need wisdom, we need to go to the source. The true source of wisdom is God. He is the One who has the answers, solutions, and knowledge to help whatever the situation.

The wonderful thing about God is that He wants you to ask Him for wisdom. He wants to provide you with the answers, solutions and knowledge that you need. The sad thing is that so very few people take God up on His offer. We have this pride thing of wanting to do it on our own and so we stumble along making mistake after mistake in our lives.

Some of the greatest people who ever lived have been driven to their knees in prayer to seek wisdom from God. There is nothing to be ashamed of in having to ask God for help because you are in very good company when you do. Abraham Lincoln is one of those who often went to his knees in prayer to seek help from God. Lincoln said this, “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day.”

I am not sure how many times I have been driven to my knees in prayer to seek the wisdom of my God. I know that it is too many times to remember, and I also know that it should have been so many more times that I should have fallen to my knees to seek His wisdom.

What about you? Are you tired of trying to do it on your own and messing things up time after time? Remember that Bible says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Why not ask Him now?

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