Posted by: nmontague | December 15, 2010

If any of you lack wisdom

I have had some interesting conversations tonight that has made me reflect a bit on prayer and revelation. The discussions have focused on whether there is a God and focused on a particular agnostic arguing why agnosticism is the best position to take. And I certainly thing it is the position you have to honestly take when you don’t know whether there is a god or not. Because everyone of us at one point in our lives or another lacks knowledge of God’s existence.

The only part I don’t understand is why remain in that state? How do you learn something if you start saying that because you don’t know then no one else can know and you never can know? Maybe I just see things skewed because of my own experience of searching and finding an answer to that question. I just don’t understand the point of not searching. Or declaring the search futile.

So why not search? I mean if there is an All powerful God, do you honestly think He wants you to remain in ignorance or learn about Him? If we were created by Him, do you think He wants us ignorant or to be ever learning as quickly as we can handle it?

I think we all have to conduct our own search. We can listen to the witnesses of others. We can read them. We can even believe them, but until we know for ourselves, we haven’t learned anything.

If the scriptures are true, and I know they are, then we are told:

“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” (Luke 11:9)

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” (James 1:5-6)

James speaks more about asking of God in chapter 4. It seems to me that if we want to learn the things of God. We need to ask Him about them.

Or we can choose not to and remain unknowledgible. Even deny that such knowledge exists. But what do we profit by doing that?

If we seek Truth, this is something all of us must do at some point.  Because clearly only personal experiences with God can possibly teach you anything about Him.

Anyway, that’s my thoughts for the evening.



  1. Thoughtful post as usual Neil. Of course I like the part in James 1:5 about God granting truth to “to all men liberally.” So glad he doesn’t give it conservatively. Just saying.

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