Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Who is Wise?

A question that the writer James asks in James 3:13 is “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you?” Then James states: “Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done n the humility that comes from wisdom.”

Wisdom is not just acquired information but its practical common sense insight with spiritual implications. The first 9 chapters of Proverbs deals with the subject of wisdom. These chapters speak of a higher level of wisdom than just worldly or human wisdom. Proverbs 2:6 “For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.”

There are clearly two kinds of wisdom that are mentioned in the Bible. There is “selfish ambition” which is “earthly, unspiritual and devilish.” (James 3:14, 15) And there is the “wisdom that comes from heaven (God) that is pure, peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”

It’s this kind of wisdom that determines our course of action through life which brings success and joy. Where do we get this wisdom? James 1:5 “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.”

What is wisdom? Wisdom is sound judgment - it is good discernment. Wisdom is the ability to apply God’s word. It holds the word of God to be non-optional, non-negotiable truth that works every time.

Wisdom is the ability to use facts and knowledge to come to correct conclusions and right decisions that affect our lives positively. Wisdom builds a house that is indestructible.

We are living in a time of serious cultural shifts which is a kind of crazy culture. All of the diversity and change can have an effect on believer’s lives as well as upon the church locally and corporately.

Our American culture is contemporary. It is a diverse culture that is increasingly diverse and secular. It has become increasingly urban, a world of single parents and working mothers, and it has a cultural morality that is undefinable. Why? Because there are no absolutes of right or wrong that define who we are.

How then shall we live? We live by God’s wisdom and understanding. All who are foolish of understanding are building their house on a sand foundation. It will not stand under serious pressure. Only those wise enough to build on the foundation of Christ and his unchanging word of truth will withstand the cultural shifts that want to turn us away from God. Are you being wise?