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True wisdom: From above

September 16, 2017

 

 

James 3--13

Once more we begin the day with the Verse of the Day for September 16, 2017 found in James 3:13 in the Amplified Bible Classic Edition:

Who is there among you who is wise and intelligent? Then let him by his noble living show forth his [good] works with the [unobtrusive] humility [which is the proper attribute] of true wisdom.

The verse opens with a question regarding the topic of “true wisdom, as verses 14-18 compare and contrast the wisdom that is from above with the wisdom that is from beneath:

The “wisdom from beneath” is identified as having certain negative attributes: Being bitterly jealous with selfish ambition, covering up the truth with boasting and lying. Verse 15 clearly states, “Jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.”

Godly or heavenly wisdom, on the other hand, is described as “First of all pure, it is also peace-loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere,” according to the New Living Translation.

In examining the Verse of the Day in its wider context, we note another exhortation to “set our affection on things above and not on things of the earth,” as the life of each believer should reflect

True Wisdom

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:

and with all thy getting get understanding.

Proverbs 4:7  

 

When you choose to build, look to the Scriptures and you will find

That seeking after wisdom is the key to your success,

For wisdom has great power to promote and to bless.

With wisdom you can perceive the Father’s hidden design.

Companion to wisdom is power to loose and to bind

The enemy and then become the strongman of righteousness.

Follow the way of wisdom and path of holiness.

Pursue wisdom as a treasure, priceless as peace of mind.

As you move toward your destiny, wisdom serves as a midwife

To give birth to dreams within you, waiting to be fulfilled.

Wisdom defeats deceptive spirits and nullifies strife.

Walk in the power of your calling and seek to be filled

With wisdom which brings riches and honor and a long life.

Use wisdom first to dismantle, then accurately build.

We conclude with Keith and Kristyn Getty offering “The Perfect Wisdom of Our God”:

 

 

In pursuit of wisdom

September 16, 2015

James_3-13 James 3:13 (NKJV), the Verse of the Day for September 16, 2015, asks a question and provides the answer:

[Heavenly Versus Demonic Wisdom] Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.

In light of the topic of wisdom, this verse also brings to mind a series of teachings posted as blog entries entitled “Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise.” Here is one of the entries modified and re-posted below:  

The Psalmist offers this exhortation:

So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.[Psalm 90:12 KJV]

As life-long learners, ever-eager students in the University of Life, we are continually learning more about God and our relationship with Him, particularly in terms of applying principles of wisdom, for each day abounds with opportunities to learn and grow.The following poem mentions wisdom in light of seeking the Spirit of Wisdom:

In Pursuit of Wisdom

If you seek skillful and godly wisdom as you would silver

And search for her as you would hidden treasures;

Then you will understand the [reverent] fear of the Lord  

[that is, worshiping Him

and regarding Him as truly awesome]

And discover the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 2:4-5 [Amplified Bible]

We chase an enemy, motivated to win,

To relentlessly follow and then overtake,

As a hunter reads footprints and tracks down his game,

So your fragrance arouses us as we awake.

This desire, a fire, flames the passion deep within.

Though we have felt your touch and kissed your lips before,

As lovers pursues their beloved, so do we

Yearn to be with you and to know you even more,

Assured that all who pursue you shall also find.

As the sun rises to follow its daily course,

Zealously we seek you with our heart and soul and mind,

As one traces a winding river to its source.

As one forsakes all to pursue a priceless treasure,

So we seek the spirit of wisdom’s good pleasure.

The last line of the poem brings to mind another song that captures the essence of that for which we are seeking: “Seekers of Your Heart” rendered by Steve Green, Sandi Patty and Larnelle Harris.