Day 38: Godly Wisdom
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
These verses help us to understand the clear difference between worldly wisdom and God’s wisdom..between pretending to be wise and living in tandem with God’s Spirit. To simply think well, or to talk well, is not wisdom in the Scriptural sense. True wisdom is evidenced by a meekness of the spirit and temper. Those who live in envy and contention, will also live in confusion; and are prone to be swept up into any evil scheme. Such “wisdom” does not come down from above, but springs up from earthly principles and acts on earthly motives, intent on serving earthly purposes.
But those who are living by the wisdom, described by the apostle James, namely a heavenly wisdom, are near to the Christian love, described by the apostle Paul; that has no disguise or deceit. That kind of wisdom cannot fall in with what the world counts as wise, which turn out to be nothing in the end; but rather it is sincere, and open, and steady, and uniform, and consistent with itself.
May the purity, peace, gentleness, teachableness, and mercy shown in all our actions, and the fruits of righteousness abounding in our lives, prove that God has bestowed upon us this excellent gift.
God give us wisdom today. We refuse to settle for the wisdom that the world offers but desire wisdom that only comes from you. The promise of scripture is that if we ask for wisdom you will give it to us generously and so today we hold on to that promise and ask in the midst of a world full of uncertainty that you would grant us wisdom!