He Gives Generously to All Without Reproach

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. – James 1:5

God is not stingy or mean-spirited. He “abounds” in steadfast love (Ex 34:6). His people should not fear to bring their supplications and requests to him – whether it be for wisdom or strength or faith or love or patience or zeal or victory over sin or any other good thing. He is not like man, who is prone to hoard all his good things to himself, and when asked to give, does so reluctantly (or doesn’t at all). God is happy to provide help for those who fear him and draw near to him through his Son. He “gives generously to all without reproach.”

But that’s not all. Another fear we may have when asking another person for something is that we will be put to shame. They may say things like, “Why don’t you have this already?” or “You’re always asking to borrow my stuff!” or “Why didn’t you ask for this sooner?” or “I thought you said you were getting along fine without it” or “It took you long enough to figure out you needed this” or other similar things. We fear being reproached for asking. But this fear must simply be done away with when we come before God in sincerity! “He gives generously to all without reproach.” He will not make a mockery of you. He will not chide you for not coming sooner. You will hear no “I-told-you-so”s. The prodigal son did not return home to find his father cross-armed with his foot tapping and a stern look on his face. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him” (Luke 15:20).

So whether we are lost sinners pleading for grace for the first time or sinful saints pleading for grace for the hundredth time, we do not need to fear coming to God in prayer. Because of Jesus, even though we deserve reproach, we will find none when we come before the throne.

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16).