Devotional

TRUE WISDOM

May, 2016

green foliage banner background with vivid colorsIf the question were asked: “Who wants wisdom?” most people would raise their hand.  It would be difficult to find even one person not interested in having wisdom.  No one wants to be perceived as a fool, so many if not all would seek after wisdom.  Sadly, the wisdom that most people care about is usually the wrong type.  We often care too much about our personal ambitions, our status, and what others think of us.   Moreover, we almost never consider what God thinks about us.  In the third chapter of the book of James, we are told that there are two kinds of wisdom: an earthly wisdom and a heavenly wisdom.  James first asks this question in verse 13: “Who is wise and has understanding among you?”  He then explains that people cannot merely think themselves as wise or boast that they have wisdom.  Wisdom must be shown in their action.  The evidence of humble, meek wisdom is shown in good conduct.  James says we should evaluate those who not only know what is right, but who practice what is right.  Good conduct is the inevitable outgrowth of true wisdom. Wisdom is always revealed by the way a person lives life.  Yes, there is worldly wisdom and there is the wisdom that comes from above.  As we each look inwardly, we must ask ourselves: “Which kind of wisdom leads my life?  Am I following the wisdom from above or the wisdom from below?”  It is easy to figure out which one we are following simply by looking at our life conduct.  Look at your character and attitude.  If you have jealousy, envy, and selfish ambition, then you may be lying to yourself.  These are not exemplary of the wisdom that comes from above.  If these characteristics are in your life, you may well be following the wisdom of the world.  Those who follow God show it by their good conduct – full of purity, peace, gentleness, and mercy.  So, let us live the righteous life that God desires of us.

 

Scripture

James 3:13-18 (NLT)

13 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. 15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. 17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.
 
 

Prayer Points

  • Pray that our lifestyle would reflect that we are following the wisdom from above
  • Pray that if we lack wisdom we would ask God who gives it generously to all who ask
  • Pray that we would walk in the wisdom from above because it is pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield to others, full of mercy and good deeds.  It shows no favoritism and is always sincere
  • Pray that we would realize that true wisdom comes from God
  • Pray that God would give us complete knowledge of His will and spiritual wisdom and understanding
  • Pray that God would give us a wise and discerning heart
  • Pray that we would not despise wisdom and instructions but seek godly wisdom and counsel

 

Additional Scripture References

Proverbs 11:2, Psalm 51:6, Proverbs 2:6, James 1:5, Job 12:12-13, Proverbs 28:26, Proverbs 4:5-8, Colossians 2:3, Jeremiah 10:12, Proverbs 16:16, Colossians 1:9, Proverbs 21:30, 1 Kings 3:7-15, 2 Chronicles 1:10-12, Proverbs 13:14, Matthew 7:24-27, Ephesians 5:15-16, Psalm 107:43, Psalm 19:7

 

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