Friday, December 15

Two kinds of wisdom

Scripture: James 1-5

James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is pure first of all; it is also peaceful, gentle, and friendly; it is full of compassion and produces a harvest of good deeds; it is free from prejudice and hypocrisy.

Observation

James contrasts two kinds of wisdom: God’s wisdom (“from above”) and worldly wisdom (“unspiritual and demonic”).  Worldly wisdom is characterized by jealousy, bitterness, selfishness and boasting, and it leads to disorder and evil.  God’s wisdom is characterized by humility, purity, peace, gentleness, friendliness, is free from prejudice and hypocrisy, and leads to a harvest of good deeds and peace.

What a contrast!  Both in character and consequence.  It is so easy, and so natural, to rely upon my own wisdom, but so often it is selfish and leads to disorder.  I need God’s wisdom!  I want God’s wisdom!

Here’s the good news: if we lack wisdom, we can ask God and He will happily give it to us.

James 1:5 But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all.

Application

When making decisions, I will take time to pray, and ask God for His wisdom.  And I’ll run my decision-making process through these contrasting lists to see if I’m operating in God’s wisdom or worldly wisdom.

Prayer: Lord, please give me Your wisdom today, and remind me to stop often and pray!