Wisdom vs Knowledge

James 1:5-8
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.  For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord,  being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

As with most problems the first step to solving it is admitting it. Here in James 1 the problem is a lack of wisdom. Wisdom not knowledge. Wisdom and knowledge are two separate things although they do have alot to do with each other. Knowledge is the accumulation of facts and we are drowning in facts. As a matter of fact, the device you are using to read this is connected to the entirety of human knowledge from the beginning of time. That is a lot of facts. However, facts alone fall short of giving us the life we seek. It is the right application of those facts that makes all the difference in life. That just so happens to be what wisdom is, the right application of accumulated knowledge.  In other words wisdom is how I do what I know I should do.

We ask God, "What is your will for my life?" God says,"Do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with me." We have just accumulated knowledge but that knowledge is not enough. Doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly are broad concepts. How do we accomplish those on a Monday morning? That's where wisdom comes in. So if the problem is we have the knowledge of what to do but not the wisdom to do it all we have to do is ask God for that wisdom and as long as we ask for it with an expectation that we will receive it He will give it to us.