The Wisdom from Above (I)
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17, New King James Version).
This is the key Bible verse for our “Come and See” devotional today.
We cannot overlook the role of wisdom in helping us to attain our destiny or divine purpose. The presence of wisdom is the critical factor that underlies the foundation upon which any divine purpose or goal is erected. Thus, the Bible states: “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established.” (Proverbs 24:3, New King James Version).
Wisdom is priceless and men and women will sacrifice anything including their lives in search of it. Everybody, including kings and queens, needs Wisdom, because it is essential if we are to succeed in life and it helps to arm us against the wiles of the devil. Wisdom accounts for the difference between struggle and success, defeat and victory, pain and joy and lastly, between death and life.
The key Bible verse refers to wisdom from above, which suggests that some kind of wisdom is also available somewhere else. We must note that the devil will always attempt to counterfeit everything that is original and his own version of wisdom is one of the many ways he entraps men and women in their quest for success and significance in life.
However, only the wisdom given by the Most High is the Winning Wisdom. It is not crooked or twisted in contrast to any other wisdom that is not from heaven. Thus: “no one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven.” (John 3:27, New Living Translation). Once more, the wisdom offered by the world remains inferior and temporal. Apostle Paul wrote: “we do however speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age, or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. ” (1 Corinthians 2:6, New International Version).
The remarkable exploits of Daniel and the other three Hebrew boys in the land of Babylon are worthy of note. Daniel was known as the Master of magicians and no mystery was too hard for him to decipher because God was the source of his wisdom. The Bible reads: “as for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.” (Daniel 1:17, New King James Version).
The wisdom from above is pure enough to purify any impurities in a person’s life. This divine wisdom brings peace to any difficult situation and creates a heart of humble kindness. If we are to obtain wisdom from above, we need to admit its inadequacy in our lives first: “if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.”(James 1:5, 21st Century King James Version).
Let us pray: “Father, give me wisdom to succeed when facing my trials in my life,“ in Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.
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