DEVOTIONAL GUIDE: Wisdom is living without illusion

Ask God for wisdom, and He will generously supply the growing gift of clarity.

Pastor Andy Spurlin (photo submitted July 1, 2021)

God Himself has promised that if we lack wisdom, there’s an incredible resource at our disposal.

But receiving wisdom requires communication, as James 1:5 states, “If any of you lacks wisdom (clarity), let him ask of God, who gives to all generously (liberally) and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

The Greek word for “wisdom” is “sophia” and is defined as “God’s revealed clarity.” It conveys the Lord's solution for problem-solving in the affairs of life and His "clearing up" a matter. Our problems may be complex, but are easy for Him.

The word “ask” in the Greek is a “present imperative” command for ongoing action. It is to be our regular, long-term way of doing something as an ongoing lifestyle. It must happen habitually, continuously, progressively as a way of life. God offers a continuous (non-stop) privilege to be our master problem solver.

We need the clarity that only the wisdom of God can provide. Only God can generate the wisdom we need to grasp divine solutions and opportunities.


“Sophia” is the root of the word “sophistication,” which refers to "developing in wisdom." God’s wisdom “sophisticates” us. Developing a lifestyle habit of asking for wisdom adds layers of sophistication to our life.

God’s gift of clarity about what matters also provides clarity about what does not. What we choose to focus on and what we choose to ignore defines the quality of our life. It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration.

Without God’s wisdom, our perception is foggy at best. Scripture warns us to not be wise in our own eyes. We can needlessly complicate life.

God’s wisdom is available to all who will ask. Psalm 19:7 states, “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting (restoring) the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.”

The word “simple” means “liability to error and sin; frailty.” Being simple (unwise) is to miss out on the divine opportunity, left unprepared for the dismissal of things that have to be thrown away.

Such living is avoidable, as we can receive God’s liberal wisdom (clarity) in every scene of our life.

Wisdom is the fruit of a close walk with God. Be still and know He is God. Be still to hear His still, small voice.

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