What is wisdom? James 1:5
James 1:5: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
A good friend of mine recently shared they thought I was very wise, which was lovely to hear! But it wasn’t until I read this amazing passage in James that I realised my understanding of ‘wisdom’ was a bit under cooked. My simplistic definition was that wise people said things that made sense. But in exploring James 1:5 I have discovered there is way more to wisdom.
If knowledge is knowing something, wisdom is acting on what you know. Wisdom is practical action, so a knowledgable man knows that a house should be built on a rock, whereas the wise man actually builds the house on a rock (Matthew 7: 24). Wisdom is doing, and the wisdom mentioned in James 1:5 is not worldly wisdom, but God’s wisdom. And God’s wisdom is communicated to us through the Holy Spirit. Being wise is about reading the Word of God and doing the Word of God. It is about putting into action what we know.
Another friend I was chatting with yesterday shared that in her experience many people cry out for help but aren’t really prepared to act to change the issue. Taking action is so important. There are things in my life that I know are a problem and acting to address these problems is absolutely in God’s will : and taking action is wisdom.
So Lord I ask for wisdom, I invite you into my life to guide and instruct me via your Holy Spirit. Time to take action!!
Rev Mark Brown
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