His Encouragement #8-Upbraideth Not

I’ve joined my blogging friends for a new facet of my blog, called His Encouragement, inspiring scriptures shared each Thursday.


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 KJV 

Last Saturday, when I was working on my next novel,  I wrote the phrase, “dress down.” I opened up my digital thesaurus to verify that this phrase did mean what I was thinking it meant.

It did.  It means to scold.

As I was looking over the list of synonyms, I noticed the word upbraid. My mind exploded! Immediately, the above scripture from the book of James came to mind.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and UPBRAIDETH NOT…”

My husband and I are always encouraging our daughter to ask questions. We tell her, “you’ll never get in trouble for not understanding.”  Meaning, we want her to ask us for help when she doesn’t understand something, so we can impart our wisdom and give her the understand she lacks.

Did you know that our God is just like a parent? Our wonderful, loving Father in Heaven will never scold us because we don’t understand something. He wants us to ask him for wisdom and he will give it to us, liberally!

Is there something you are struggling to understand today? Maybe you’ve lost a job or a loved one. Maybe you’re uncertain of the path you need to take for your future. Maybe you’ve been hurt and you can’t understand why God allows people to be cruel.

Ask him! He will never scold you, never upbraid you for not understand. He will willing give is wisdom to those who have the courage to ask for it.

What scripture is encouraging you today? Share it with us!

Check out these other blogs for more encouragement from God’s word for your Thursday.

Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Becca @  The Becca Files

Jenny @ Author Jenny Lynn

5 thoughts on “His Encouragement #8-Upbraideth Not

  1. Jacquelyn says:

    What a wonderful message! I love that our God wants us to ask Him questions and share our struggles with Him.

    It reminds me of Isaiah 1:17-18, especially the beginning of verse 18. “Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”


  2. beckiewrites says:

    Wow! What a great connection. The word “upbraid,” is not one that we use a lot in our common vernacular. I appreciate how you brought out that particular nuance in the text. Thanks for sharing!


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