James 1:5-12 (HCSB) “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. An indecisive man is unstable in all his ways. The brother of humble circumstances should boast in his exaltation, but the one who is rich ⌊should boast⌋ in his humiliation because he will pass away like a flower of the field. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and dries up the grass; its flower falls off, and its beautiful appearance is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will wither away while pursuing his activities. A man who endures trials is blessed, because when he passes the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.”
Simply asking for wisdom on how to handle trials just seems too easy. Yet God will give each believer the wisdom, never chastising them for asking. Is this truly possible to only ask for wisdom and it will be granted?
The answer is yes but certain criteria have to be followed, James points out that any individual must ask in faith. If an individual does not ask in faith and wavers at all in their faith they will not receive the wisdom they ask God for. Some will say that even non-believers are brilliant having a great wealth of knowledge, but knowledge and wisdom are two completely different things. Wisdom can only come from God. The wisdom of how to handle the trials of life can only be learned from one book. It can only be learned from the Bible and only by people who believe Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior.
The final reward is the Crown of Life. Will each of us endure our own trials to be able to gain this crown to lay at the very throne of the one true God when we come into his presence?