Jay Christian Huynh
When I was in fourth grade, I asked my mom, “Why is my sister so smart?” Then she replied, “Because God blessed her.” She also had me read the Bible daily, and pray before doing any assignments. Then my mom introduced this scripture to me.
“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.” (James 1:5)
Since I was making average grades at school, I prayed so that God may give me a better understanding in school subjects. Later, through hard work and God’s blessing, I finally started doing well in school. I just finished seventh grade and I made the honor roll and even got an invitation to NJHS (National Junior Honor Society), which is only for students who make A’s in their classes.
Not only does someone pray for wisdom, but they must work for it also. Do not expect God to give intelligence to someone who does not work for it, but expect God to give wisdom to those who follow his commandments, read his Word (the Bible), and pray daily.
“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” (James 1:25)
In school, people are taught subjects like math, reading, writing, and science to understand worldly things, but there is another, more important thing that God can give a person. What God can offer someone is wisdom. It may not seem important now, but God’s Word teaches people how to live for God. This is why one should pray for wisdom of God’s Word also. If one is to read God’s Word without understanding, how do they live by it? One should also pray to gain understanding of God’s Word so that they may learn to live by it and obey it. I am thankful that God has given me the knowledge I have in both school and in God’s Word.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:5)
Jay Christian Huynh