Some Much-Needed Encouragement

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,

turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding,

and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,

and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,

then you will understand the fear of the LORD

and find the knowledge of God.

For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

He holds victory in store for the upright,

he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,

for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

Proverbs 2:1 – 8

Ask, and it will be given to you;

seek and you will find;

knock and the door will be opened to you.

For everyone who asks receives;

he who seeks finds;

and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Jesus, in Matthew 7:7 – 8

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

James 1:5

And Now for My Much Lesser Words

Friends, we certainly do not have wisdom. It is equally certain that we desperately need it. The stakes are high.

These passages tell us that God is not playing mind games.

They tell us that He wants to give us wisdom, that He enjoys giving it to anyone who asks Him for it, not basing His response on whether they are already wise or good.

They tell us that despite how things may appear, if we ask, we will receive.

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