Need Some Wisdom?

James 1:5-6

But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and he will be given it. But he should ask in faith, not doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind.

During the course of daily living we all face situations where we need wisdom.  Perhaps you need wisdom concerning a relationship at work, maybe your facing a career move that will affect your entire family, or your deciding which classes to take in college.  Whatever circumstance you find yourself, God has something to say about it.  He promises us that if we ask for wisdom he will give it to us generously and ungrudgingly.  James says that we should ask in faith.  In other words, we should put complete confidence in him and his ability to communicate with us.  Our part is to remain faithful to what we know to do and at the same time actively seek out his wisdom in the Scriptures and the Catechism. We must also be alert to the fact that God just may use someone near you to give you the answer you are looking for.   Today, ask God for wisdom and eagerly await the answer.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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