Brothers | It’s Different | Godly Wisdom
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving… and willing to yield to others. (James 3:17)
Which of these statements sounds like wisdom from above:
- “I prayed about it and I believe God is calling us to adopt some children out of foster care.”
- “I prayed about it and God didn’t tell me not to leap out of a 10-story building and try to fly, so I guess I will.”
- “I prayed about it and I believe it’s okay to sue the pants off my neighbor whose tree roots are on my property.”
- “I prayed about it and I believe it’s fine to stay in contact with my old lovers, even though my spouse doesn’t like it.”
- “I prayed about it and I believe God is saying it’s okay for me and my boyfriend to sleep together.”
If you chose any but #1, you need a wisdom check. Wisdom never asks for a list of do’s and don’ts. If we need a list, we’re already missing the point. Wisdom doesn’t wonder “Why can’t I?” Wisdom wonders, “What would honor Jesus?” It is more concerned with living purely, honorably, and peacefully than it is with getting away with something.
If an option is not morally pure, peace loving, and honest, it is not wise. If it may cause someone else to sin, it is not wise. If it demeans another, it is not wise. If it blatantly disobeys a principle in scripture, it is not wise. If it places us in the path of temptation, it is not wise. Wisdom does not ask how closely to the edge of the cliff it can walk; wisdom chooses a path far from the edge so it can walk freely without fear of slipping. Wisdom from above is often the total opposite of wisdom from this world—that’s why it works.
Final Thought: According to this section in the book of James, how wise are you?
Prayer: Father, I have lived like a fool for much of my life. I’m ready to become wise. Only you can take all those mistakes and turn them into wisdom. Help me learn from them myself and may I use them to help others grow wise. In Jesus’ name, Amen.