Every human shares a common desire to be reasonably intelligent and able to make good decisions. As believers we find this much needed wisdom in God. “His every word is a treasure of knowledge and understanding.” Prov 9:10 James chapter three explains the difference between true and false wisdom. The true wisdom we seek is not found in how much knowledge we have but how we daily live our life. In other words, wisdom is not the possession of knowledge but the proper application to the struggles of life. This passage challenges our faith, asking us to examine what kind of wisdom we actually possess.
“If a man is wise and understanding, he will demonstrate it by his good conduct coupled with the humble spirit that comes from wisdom. Therefore, all who are truly wise will have the hallmark of genuine humility.” William MacDonald Humility makes all the difference in whether we avoid our troubles or whether we receive God’s help to stand strong through life’s storms. “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” James 4:6 So we find that a man who is truly wise is also genuinely humble. This is a person who doesn’t put on airs. He doesn’t take his mindset from the world. He understands the spirit is of greater importance than the body. His life demonstrates both moral and spiritual cleanness. He is peaceable and will not seek to justify himself. He is gentle and tenderhearted. He is easy to reason with, willing to see the other person’s point of view. He is always ready to forgive those who have wronged him. And most of all he seeks wisdom from Christ the true foundation of wisdom. “For the reverence and fear of God are basic to all wisdom, knowing God results in every other kind of understanding.” Prov 9:10
Genuine humility will put the heart at peace. Instead of contending we can trust in God’s ability and power to make things right. “Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in the deep sea of calmness when all around and above is trouble.” Andrew Murray O, how we try to educate ourselves, striving for man’s wisdom. Friends, may we not overlook the obvious answer to human intelligence. “How can man be wise? The only way to begin is by reverence for God.” Ps 111:10 In a world that is rapidly rejecting God may we humbly seek true wisdom.
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