Date:10 November 2020
What is real wisdom? In this passage, James describes two different kinds of wisdom. First, wisdom that is earthly and wisdom that is from God. How can we tell the difference? By its fruits or a person’s conduct. Earthly wisdom is characterized by envy and selfish ambition whereas Godly wisdom is a reflection of God’s nature on us: pure; peace loving, considerate; submissive; full of mercy and good fruit.
As part of maturing as a Christian, we must grow in wisdom. Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Wisdom is founded upon the fear of the Lord. How do we live out God’s wisdom? We must we live a life that desires to please God and a life that is obedient in His ways. Let us tutor our hearts to apply this text into our lives and it has a lot of similarities from the beatitudes series that the church is studying together:
a) First, we must be pure in heart and mourn sin. Job 28:28 says this: “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.” To fear the Lord means we must avoid sin and to have an uncompromising desire to please God in all things. Where there is sin in our lives, we must humble ourselves before God and repent of it. Do not let the sin fester causing us to have callous hearts. Seek His power to walk away from it. Meditate on Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew steadfast spirit within me.”
b) We are not wise on our own. True wisdom is a gift of God and we are therefore dependent on our heavenly Father. This is why Godly wisdom is always characterized by humility or meekness, not arrogance or loud boasting. No other person has exemplified the characteristics in this passage than Jesus Christ. Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve, so we must commit ourselves to serving others and consider other’s interests above our own. Even to his death on the cross, Jesus displayed humility showing obedience to the Father. He also showed humility to the people who were responsible for his death by forgiving them. When we are humble, we will display peace and gentleness in our relationships with others. Only when we are humble and come to God in submission so that the Holy Spirit may work on us in this area. Are we at peace with others around us? Do people see humility when they see us?
Heavenly Father, I desire to honour you, to please you in all my ways. I want to surrender my life into your hands. Help me always to remember to put You above all things. Give me wisdom that comes from above.