The first step to wisdom is asking for advice. Of course ultimately it also depends on whom we ask for advice, but still the first step is asking. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? For some reason I used to have a hard time realizing that. It didn’t occur to me to ask until I was in the middle of a problem.
Asking is involving. My husband and I are currently working on a music album. For the first time we’re using an online studio. A lot of team work and communication is involved. Songs are being shaped. Instruments are chosen. It’s our first time ever we’re doing this sort of thing. So what did we do? We hired a production manager, and we ask him questions. We ask and we value his input.
I’m sure there are lots of things that come our way, and we just lack the experience or expertise to handle it. Stop trying to handle everything yourself. Ask for advice.
James wrote in his letter to involve God in our day to day lives. His advice is to ask God for wisdom, and He will give it to us.
I feel that I need a lot of wisdom these days! I don’t believe that God puts a lid on wisdom. He won’t say: “Oh here we go again! Another question to help solve a problem! That’s it – you’ll have to figure it out on your own this time!”
Let’s not be shy about needing advice. It never hurts to ask. It hurts us more if we don’t!