James 1:5 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.
I first read this scripture when I was about 10 years old. I stopped and pondered , “If all you have to do to get wisdom is to ask God for it, then I’m going to ask Him for wisdom.” I finished reading the Bible, put it away on a shelf and rarely opened it. I forgot all about my prayer. Decades later during a time of financial crisis, I dug my Bible out of the box it was packed away in. I got into a home Bible fellowship and began to read the New Testament. When I reread the scripture about wisdom I remembered the prayer I prayed with my childlike faith. I realized that God had given me wisdom, especially in the area of business. I sensed God’s calling in the marketplace.
One of the earliest places God mentions wisdom in the Bible is after Moses has led the Israelites out of Egypt into the wilderness. Moses spent 40 days on the top of Mt. Sinai receiving the 10 Commandments from God and the plans for the Tabernacle. Then God told Moses that He called Bezaleel and filled him with wisdom to make all the furnishings for the Tabernacle.
Exodus 31:1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 2 See, I have called by name Bezaleel… 3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship…4 to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, 5 And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship…6 and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee.
God gave gifts to Bezaleel and others to create the furniture for the Tabernacle, the candlesticks, the priests’ garments, the anointing oil–all that was needed for the service to God. Those in the camp who were willing brought offerings to the Lord for all the work to be done. They brought so much that Moses told them not to bring any more.
We are made in the image of God, our Creator. He highly values creative gifts and talents in the arts. We choose how to use those gifts. We may use them to make a name for ourselves, to seek our fortune, or we may be wise-hearted and give them back to God to be used for his purposes. God’s plans and purposes for our lives will always be higher and more fulfilling, but they come with a cost. We must lose our lives to find His.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.