Wisdom from God Above
Wisdom. My guess when you hear this word you probably either associate it with someone you know who is wise, a peace of wisdom that you learned, or you already know wisdom comes from God above. When it comes to the Bible, people often associate wisdom in the book of Proverbs. James, however, certainly has thematic elements of wisdom and how we live it out and apply it to our Christian lives.
James says, "Who is wise and understanding among you?" (James 3:13) Previously (James 3:1-23), he was talking about taming the tongue, as we heard in our text last week. He seems to be addressing, perhaps, the teachers in last week's section. The answer to proposed questions is by living it out with your actions. In other words, you are not simply only wise in your understanding but also in your actions.
Certainly, we know the truth of God's Word and in His Word, His wisdom is from above. "But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace." (James 3:17-18) We receive some encouragement through the reminder the Holy Spirit encouraged James to share.
As we read in James 4, we see he begins a contrast of what happens when we seek the wisdom of the world verses the "Wisdom from God Above." Fights. Quarrels. Passions of the world. Adultery. Jealousy. All these things, he asks through rhetorical questions. We see the wisdom here in that when we pursue the wisdom of world, the stark reality when sin and Satan team up, becomes the reaped fruit that is sown. Jesus even clearly articulates this through the Parable of the Sower. Jesus said, "As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."(Matthew 13:23)
God's Word is the source for our wisdom. His Word never comes to us void. He gives accountability and guidance, with the Holy Spirit's help, "Wisdom comes from God above." The accountability for Christian living is never a salvific one, but one where we are called to respond to the good news of Jesus Christ. We have peace and righteousness with God because of Christ. This should be the driver of living our lives around this major theme from James 3:13-4:10, "Wisdom from God Above."
Posted October 10, 2018