Wisdom is calling
Proverbs 8:1-4 NKJV says “Does not wisdom cry out, and understanding lift up her voice? She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, beside the way, where the paths meet. She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors:”
How do we have access to this wisdom that cries out to us?
1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV tells us “And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, Who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption” Jesus is our wisdom. The Holy Spirit Who has been sent to live in us is the Spirit of Wisdom.
We all need wisdom for living every day. Wisdom, according to the Cambridge English Dictionary means ‘the ability to use your knowledge and experience to make good decisions and judgements’
James chapter 1 verse 5 encourages us with these words “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally, and without reproach (or faultfinding), and it will be given to him” verse 6 goes on to tell us how to receive this wonderful wisdom for the Lord – “let us ask in faith, with no doubting …”
So then, after asking, how do we recognize God’s wisdom as opposed to worldly wisdom? Again the book of James gives us insight, as we read in chapter 3 verses 13-18. James 3 tells us that there are two types of wisdom – earthly wisdom and Godly wisdom.
V 13 “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom”. Wisdom works with meekness (bridled strength).
V 14-16 shows us the characteristics or fruits of earthly, demonic wisdom, which are bitter envy and self-seeking, boasting and lying against the truth – this wisdom is earthly and sensual.
However, v 17 and 18 says we can recognize Godly wisdom by its fruits also. “The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to be yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy “
V18 “now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
Let’s choose to walk in Godly wisdom – desiring our attitudes and conduct to display the above attributes – pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield (willing to be entreated), full of mercy and good fruits, not showing partiality and being without hypocrisy.