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.
We have a flat tire on a dark rural road late at night; we can’t figure out how to shut the water off when a pipe is leaking; our spouse is out of town, we’re sick in bed, and we need help with meals and childcare; we need helpful advice in making a financial decision—and more. Those situations have the potential to leave us discouraged or in despair. But those feelings can change in a matter of minutes.
What can change them? A person(s) who possesses two qualities: knowledge and presence; skill and availability. A person who knows how to help us and is available when we need help can transform a discouraging moment in life. Guess who possesses both those traits: God Himself. He has the wisdom and knowledge, and He is always with us. He is just a prayer away. That’s why James wrote that if we lack wisdom when (not if; James 1:2, emphasis added) we need help we should “ask of God” and “it will be given.”
Do you need help today? Climb out of the well of discouragement by calling on God for His wisdom. He is able and available.
There is no situation in which we are placed, no demand that arises, for which Scripture as the deposit of the manifold wisdom of God is not adequate and sufficient.