Suffer wisely

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

The Reformed Study Bible says that “to be wise in biblical terms is to know and understand godliness, to do what is pleasing to God”. Also Matthew Henry’s Commentary says of this verse: “We should not pray so much for the removal of an affliction as for wisdom to make a right use of it. And who is there that does not want wisdom under any great trials or exercises to guide him in his judging of things, in the government of his own spirit and temper, and in the management of his affairs? To be wise in trying times is a special gift of God, and to him we must seek for it”. This verse applies to life in general but it is here sandwiched in a passage that speaks of times of trial. In tough times, wisdom is needed and God is the source of it.

Today’s application is straight out of the verse. Ask God for wisdom and come with the assurance of the promise that God “gives generously without finding fault, and it will be given to you”.

Tomorrow we look at what part faith plays when times are hard. Have a wonderful day.