Welcome to October everyone. I don’t why I have been waiting till blog posts are overdue before I write them these days. Like a friend would tell me, ‘I need Jesus’. I agree. I do. Who doesn’t?
Okay to my long overdue message for today. Today we’re talking about wisdom.
In you’ve been in church a while or even at all, you’ve probably heard the following scriptures used by both Christians and sometimes non Christians alike.
‘…Wisdom is profitable to direct- Ecclesiastes 10:10
‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’- Proverbs 9:10
These are very popular scriptures right? What most people don’t know is that the whole book of Proverbs in the bible is primarily dedicated to teach Wisdom.
Now, this brings me to the question, what is wisdom? If you’ve been in church for a while, you’ve probably heard it said that:
‘Wisdom is the correct application of knowledge’.
Thinking about this definition, it presupposes that there is a way to apply knowledge that would not be wisdom.
At least not the wisdom of God.
In recent times, after I had seen counsel given and received counsel being labeled as ‘Wisdom’, and I was quite confused, God in His usual gentle way points me to the word.
Today’s passage is a long read so I will ask you to please read in as many different translations as you can find.
Follow me to James 3: 13-17. Read with me:
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life and the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbour bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from heaven, but is earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
But the wisdom that is from God is first of all pure, peace loving considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good, fruit, impartial and sincere’ (NIV)
Today’s challenge is simple, Look at the quality of your life and the advice you give, weigh it by the standards above.
Does your life and advice encourage:
Does it encourage pride or boasting?
Does it twist the truth to make it sound right?
Does it encourage being mean to others?
Honestly evaluate, If it does, It is earthly wisdom, Devilish and conniving. Pure and simple. I cannot say it more nicely than that.
Conversely, if you still can’t get an accurate reading using the questions above, try this list. Does your advice encourage:
Getting along with others
Being gentle at ALL times
Being willing to yield to others
Being full of mercy and good deeds
Sincerity ALL the time and,
Lack of favoritism?
If the second list sounds most like you, Congratulations! You’re on your way to Godly Wisdom.
Remember, Do you want to… build a reputation for wisdom, Live well, Live wisely, Live humbly. It is the way you live… that counts –James 3:13 (MSG)
Lastly, these same guidelines apply to the pieces of advice you receive. Weigh them on this balance to see if they are from God or the devil before you act on them.
Which kind of wisdom runs your life?
I choose to run by the wisdom of God.
Who’s with me?