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'If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God.' James 1:5 NIV

When we're not sure which direction to take in life, we have a God who delights in giving us wisdom. When we're experiencing a conflict or a problem in our lives, he has the answers. The Bible says: 'If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God' (James 1:5 NIV). God may use others to give us his wisdom, but we should ask God before anyone else. He should be the one we turn to first, for whatever we're facing and for whatever we need.

God loves it when we desire his wisdom. We see this in the story of Solomon. When God asked Solomon what he wanted, Solomon replied that he wanted wisdom and discernment to be able to rule his people effectively. The Bible tells us that 'the Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this' (1 Kings 3:10 NIV). And when we seek God's wisdom, we not only please him, but we're blessed too. 'Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding' (Proverbs 3:13 NIV).

Our main source for finding wisdom is through God's Word, the Bible. Here we find how God wants us to live, and it's full of advice through the stories of people who experienced things just like we face today. When we take the time to read the Bible and apply its principles, we are exercising his wisdom.

So what now? Challenge: read the book of Proverbs. It's full of wisdom and advice for living well. Read a couple of chapters a day until you make it right through the book.

Soulfood: Isa 34-37 Luke 2:21-33 Ps 71:17-24 Pro 2:3-5,

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