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. James 3:13 (NIV)
Who Is Wise?
I wouldn’t quickly raise my hand on that question. You wouldn’t quickly raise your hand on what question? I wouldn’t quickly raise my hand to say that I am wise. Why is that? I have made more than my share of dumb mistakes, foolish missteps and unwise decisions. I can’t tell you how many times I have thought and said and done what was truly unwise. At times, I have thought I was quite gifted at putting my foot in my mouth. Then it seems to me that you have the beginnings of wisdom within you. How is that? How can that be? What have you admitted? What are you abundantly aware of? What do you know without a doubt? I have admitted that I am unwise. I am abundantly aware of my own lack of wisdom. I know without a doubt that I need wisdom. Where did such an awareness of your lack of wisdom come from? I would guess that you have helped me to see my own lack of wisdom. You guess? No, I know that you have helped me to see that I need wisdom. Why do you suppose I have allowed you to see your own lack of wisdom? You want to change me. You want to make me wise. You want me to be able to think and speak and act in ways that are wise. You want my life to demonstrate your wisdom in the world. Yes, I do. Your understanding is correct. So, recap from me what you know. I know I am unwise. I know you have helped me to see that I am unwise. I know you want to make me wise. I know you want to work in and through me in ways that will demonstrate your wisdom in the world. I know I can ask for you to help me to be wise in all that I think, say and do. Yes, you can. You will be my source of wisdom. Yes, I will. What word would you use to describe your willingness to admit your need for wisdom? I would use the word humility. So then, can you now agree with me that you have the beginnings of wisdom in you? Yes, I can. That’s good. Thank you for helping me to humbly see that I desperately need wisdom. You are welcome.
Now, the beginning of wisdom starts with an attitude of humility. You will receive wisdom as you humbly come to rely on me. But how will your life demonstrate my wisdom in the world? How will people be able to see my wisdom in operation in the world? Not only by the wise thoughts you give me. Wise thoughts are a starting point. I need your wise thoughts in me to be sure. But wisdom is demonstrated by wise words and wise actions. You want to give me wise thoughts to think, wise words to speak and wise actions to take. Yes, I do. Will you think and speak and act according to the wisdom I give you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. Then my wisdom will be demonstrated in the world. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, give me your wisdom and understanding. Help me to live a life of humility that demonstrates your wisdom to the world. Help me to be wise in all that I think, say and do. Help me to live a life of love and service to others. Help me to pattern my life after yours. Amen
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