Faith First

All wisdom comes from God.

James 1:5,6 “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.”

Faith naturally leads to a closer relationship with God and unity in the body. God gave us different gifts and talents in order that all of us might become unified in faith, mature, and steadfast in our beliefs. When we grow our faith by reading His Word, praying, and studying, we become anchored and focused on His goals for us. At that point, we may ask for and receive wisdom. We are not prepared for that wisdom until we have developed our faith.

Solomon, one of the most intelligent men who ever lived, asked for, and received, wisdom to rule God’s people well. Leaders from all over the world sought him because of his wisdom. Proverbs, written mainly by Solomon, is full of the wisdom given to him by God. However, Ecclesiastes, written later in Solomon’s life, is sobering. He was brilliant, but his faith had wavered. Solomon was not steadfast, and he surrounded himself with people who were idolatrous. He married foreign women who were not of his faith for political power and satisfaction of his lusts, and he became disillusioned with life, though he did end the book powerfully: “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep His commandments; for that is the whole duty of everyone.” (12:13).

Do not mistake brilliance for wisdom. Without childlike faith, that brilliance is vain.

Contributed by Robin Helm


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