Life lessons from James #23

WISDOM

“Great is the number of those who might attain true wisdom if they did not already think themselves wise.”  – Eliza Cook

 (The greatest ability is TEACHABILITY) 

James 3:13-18 (NIV) – 13“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the *humility that comes from wisdom. 14But if you harbour bitter *envy and *selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15Such ‘wisdom’ does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16For where you have envy and selfish ambition there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17But 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 raise a harvest of righteousness.”

*Humility – Wisdom comes out of humility
*Envy = Jealousy, Discontented, Wanting something someone else has.
*Selfish ambition = Devoted to caring only about yourself

I’m sure you will agree, we live in a world where knowledge is literally at your finger tips – and exploding at an Exceptional Pace.

The internet means instant information of Global events in real time.

I remember when we got our first set of Encyclopaedia Britannica

Today all that information is available with a simple click of a mouse using any number of free internet search engines.

People today have access to more knowledge than at any time in History.

Yet wisdom seems practically non-existent – Pauls words to the Corinthian Church –
1 Corinthians 6:5 “There is not a wise man among you”

Look around you at the evidence!  – Lives are in shambles. Position, power and prosperity have not brought the peace and purpose they had promised.

In a world where so many hopes are smashed and dreams are dashed we desperately need God’s wisdom.

The difference between knowledge and wisdom….

Knowledge – Is the accumulation of facts.

My definition of Wisdom: “It to use the knowledge we have acquired WISELY”

With dedication, commitment and determination over a period of time anyone can accumulate facts.

Our problem is not accumulating facts – Our problem is a lack of wisdom…

We aren’t able to take the facts we’ve learned and put them into practice in Real-life situations.

James recognized that if we are ever to put our Faith into Action through good Words and good Works. We are going to need Wisdom. James was quick to point out two sources of Wisdom available to us.

Natural wisdom – Is offered by the worlds system
Supernatural wisdom – Comes from God and we find it in His word.

Psalm 90:12 (NIV) – “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Never have we needed wisdom more than we do today – But the wisdom we need is the wisdom of God’s word.

James says this wisdom is: James 3:17 (NIV) – “17But 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.”

It’s this kind of wisdom that gives us the ability to know how to handle certain circumstances. In order to apply God’s will to the issue at hand.

This wisdom only comes from above. Every day we are confronted with making decisions.

Knowing the Lord Jesus in an intimate and personal way gives the believer a great advantage over the unbelievers.

James 1:5 (NIV) – “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

The only wisdom non-believers have at their disposal is the wisdom of this world.

James says at best this wisdom is “Earthly and sensual” and at worst “demonic.”

When God asked Solomon what he wanted he had the right answer – His priorities were in the right order.

1 Kings 3:9-10 (Ampl) – 9”So give Your servant an understanding mind and a hearing heart (with which) to judge Your people, so that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge and rule this great people of Yours? 10Now it pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.”

The wisest man that ever lived gives us this amazing wisdom ®

Proverbs 4:7-13 (LB) – 7”Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And with your wisdom, develop *common sense and good judgement. 8-9If you exalt wisdom, she will exalt you. Hold her fast, and she will lead you to great honor; she will place a beautiful crown upon our head. 10My son, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life. 11I would have you learn this great fact: that a life of doing right is the wisest life there is. 12If you live that kind of life, you’ll not limp or stumble as you run. 13Carry out my instructions; don’t forget them, for they will lead you to real living.”

*In other words: Apply wisely the knowledge you have acquired.

Read & meditate on – James 3:17 (NIV) -“17But 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.”