Listen to today’s devo!

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God. (James 1:5)

Expanded Passage: James 1:5

Many well-known individuals have been given credit for saying things they may have never said. Here are some examples:

If I asked my customers what they wanted they would have said a faster horse. These words were attributed to Henry Ford but most likely they originated in an article written in 2001.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This quote is attributed to Albert Einstein but may have first appeared in literature written for Narcotics Anonymous circa 1980.

I will not put more on you than you can handle. This is often attributed to God in the Bible.

The truth is that we experience a lot of things we cannot handle. However, these moments put us in humble positions that enable us to receive wisdom from God. What is wisdom? “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 9:10). What is the fear of the Lord? It is a recognition of God’s sovereignty. Thus, we learn to trust him no matter the obstacles, because he is not affected and through all things he “works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). Then like Paul, we can proclaim that we “can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Phil. 4:13).

Practice the command to pray for wisdom.

TJ Albertson has been pastoring for nineteen years, the last seventeen in interchurch service. He loves teaching the entire Bible and its relevance to life.

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