“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” - James 1:5
This verse seems so simple. Don’t have wisdom? Ask God for it and He’ll give it to you. The problem is that this process is far from simple. Gaining wisdom is a process.
I remember my early classes studying journalism. In a lead you have to answer the 5 Ws and the H - Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How. If James 1:5 is your lead, we can answer some of those questions clearly:
Who? You and God.
Why? You lack it. God will give it if you ask because He is grace.
What questions aren’t answered? When, Where, and How. Pretty big questions to leave unanswered and it seems that wisdom is hard to come by. It’s not for the instant-gratification crowd. Wisdom isn’t just provided for you - it’s found and earned through a journey. That’s the answer to How. When and Where occur during and after the journey, most often from angles you never expected.
I wonder what wisdom Roy Hobbs would share after his baseball journey. He’s back on the farm, and his life has settled down. As he gazes into his glove, what is he thinking? How much as he learned, what has he learned, and what would he share with us? While we can only guess at those answers, this much I do know - he went through a lot to earn his wisdom.
Speaking from recent experience, I believe that a journey comes after praying for wisdom. While this may cause hesitation for some, a journey provided by God is well worth any difficulty. Pray for wisdom, go on a journey, and prepare to grow immensely. After your journey, don’t hold that wisdom for yourself. It’s meant to be shared.