Daily Walk through James: Day 7

Where Do You Get Your Wisdom (3:14-18)

As we come to the end of chapter 3, the focus is once again turned to wisdom. Remember when we talked about wisdom in the first post of this series? Do you recall the process of getting wisdom from God? The answer was a simple one: just ask for it. With that in mind, it is sad to see many of today’s Christians going about using only the wisdom of the world when they have complete access to the perfect wisdom of God. Instead of the wisdom God offers, many settle for the wisdom that is “earthly, sensual, devilish” spoken of in verse 15. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be using anything that God calls “devilish”.

So, if we agree that we don’t want to use the world’s wisdom, where should we get our wisdom for life?

  • First, we must purposefully and desperately ask God for the wisdom we need in life. This is something that James and Solomon both tell us to do.
  • Next, we need to turn to God’s Word in search of wisdom – especially the Book of Proverbs. The Bible is the greatest book of wisdom and knowledge that there is.
  • Finally, determine to stop using your own wisdom and the word’s wisdom. The wisdom of the world will get you no where. It will leave you empty, unsuccessful, and hopeless as you look for answers. Solomon admonishes in Proverbs 23:4 “…cease from thine own wisdom.”

As we go through life, it is of the utmost importance that we examine from where we get our wisdom. God is very clear that using the world’s wisdom will get us no where in life. But it’s wonderful to note that God tells us what wisdom to avoid, but also gives us a pathway to the wisdom we need to be successful Christians.