Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, … but let him … boast of this, that he understands and knows Me.
(Jeremiah 9:23–24, NASB)
Asmall factory had to stop its operation when a machine broke down. Nobody could fix it, so an expert was called. He simply took a hammer and tapped the machine at a certain spot, and immediately it began running again. But when he submitted a bill for $1,000, the supervisor hit the roof. “A thousand dollars for just tapping?” “No,” said the man, “One dollar for tapping; $999 for knowing where to tap!” There it is. You can wear yourself out, or you can ask God for wisdom, and He’ll show you how to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right purpose. He knows where to tap! Just ask Him.
James says that God’s wisdom “comes” from above (see James 3:17). Note three things: First, it comes from God; second, you have to ask for it; third, it comes daily. Have you asked God for His wisdom today? The biggest mistakes I’ve ever made had one thing in common: They were mine, not His! If I had taken time to seek God, I’d have gotten an entirely different result. Sound familiar? Listen again to these words: “Let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me” (Jeremiah 9:24, NASB).
The closer you get to Him, the better you’ll understand.
 Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 149). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.