Thought for the Day – Abraham Lincoln on Wisdom

I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.”– Abraham Lincoln

One of the surest qualities of a wise person is their capacity for continual learning. The accumulation of wisdom is a wise pursuit (Prov 4:7). And the surest way to get wisdom is simply to ask for it. The Bible says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). This one verse powerfully expresses three truths. First, the source of wisdom is God Himself, for no man can adequately discern a situation without a more elevated perspective. Second, the amount of wisdom received is more than enough for the situation at hand—it is generously given. Finally, and perhaps most profoundly, God generously dispenses wisdom without finding fault. There’s no, “See I told you so.” or “If only you had obeyed Me earlier.” Indeed, He alone would have every right to make such claims; and they would be true. Yet, wisdom’s Creator has no need or desire to the press the point. He simply delights when we become more wise than we were, because that means we’re finally asking.

Your thoughts? How does the truth of God’s liberal, no-fault dispensing of wisdom affect your inclination to ask Him for it?

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