How do we get wisdom? James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Reading this verse by itself, one could get the impression that God just spoons the wisdom into our minds.

But when the verse is read in context, the complete passage suggests a particular means by which God imparts this wisdom. Verses 1:2, 1:3, 1:4, and 1:6 all refer to trials. Why wouldn’t verse 1:5 relate to the same theme? God might give us knowledge through our meditation and study, but he gives us wisdom by tempering us with personal difficulties. During the times of these difficulties, trust that you are receiving this wisdom and do not turn away (1:6-7).

[31 Days of James]