The first step to gaining wisdom is asking for advice. Of course, ultimately it also depends on whose advice we are going to rely on, 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 I needed to ask for advice in the first place. It didn’t occur to me to talk to someone until I was in the middle of a real problem.
Asking is involving. When my husband and I were working on our music album in 2019, a lot of team work and communication happened between us and the studio crew that worked from different places in the world. I believe we had one musician working from Bulgaria; others were working from the East coast of the United States, Canada, and still another person sat in Australia. Songs were being shaped. Instruments were chosen. We had never done this sort of collaboration before. So, what did we do? We hired a production manager who pulled everything together. Asking him all kinds of questions, we truly cherished his input. He had been working in recording studios for nearly 20 years, so we would have to be crazy not to ask for advice.
In many things coming our way we quite simply lack the expertise. It is wise to quit handling everything on our own. James recommended in his letter to involve God in our daily activities. Why should we wait with our questions until the bigger problems begin to roll in? It is mostly the little things that trip us up. The devil lies in the details. God will give us all the wisdom we need if we approach Him.
I do not believe that God puts a lid on wisdom. He will not say: “Oh here we go again! Another question to help solve a problem! That’s it – you’ll have to figure this one out on your own!”
Let us not be shy about needing advice. It never hurts to ask. It hurts us more not to ask.