Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. An indecisive man is unstable in all his ways. James 1:5-8
Sometimes I don’t want to do the right thing.
I think know the right thing to do, most of the time, but the circumstance or trial James wrote about in verses 2-4 clouds my judgment. I’m too hurt, too mad. or too prideful in those moments. In short, I lack wisdom.
Wisdom isn’t simply knowing the right thing to do, it’s choosing to do it when everything in you wants to do something else.
That God generously gives wisdom to all of us without criticism is a really fantastic piece of information we shouldn’t miss. God doesn’t scold us for our sadness, anger, or pride in those moments of trial; at least, not when we admit those things to Him and ask for His help. He doesn’t tell us to be joyful in trials (verse 2), and then leave us helpless to do it. Instead, He gives us wisdom, the key to making it happen.
God knows how hard it is. He knows all about the feelings that make us not want to do the right thing. Jesus faced those same temptations.
So when it comes to trials, God is far less concerned with your lack of wisdom than He is with your lack of faith. He doesn’t expect it to be easy for you to do the right thing; what He expects is for you to trust Him to help you do it. All you have to do is ask.