Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Wisdom From Above

I have neglected this blog far too long. Life has been so full these last several weeks... in a very good way... but full all the same. God has continually been working in my heart and I wish that I had written more here for my own sake (to remember everything), though I think it would challenge you all as well. Anyway, my Bible study has been exceedingly random these last several weeks, but very productive. I am continually amazed at how God can speak through really any part of His Word directly to my heart. One thing I have been focusing on is trusting Him. He has continually proved Himself faithful and trustworthy. As I pursue His wisdom in all the choices of life from the small day-to-day ones to the big life-changing ones, it is such a blessing knowing that not only does He know what is best... He created me and knows me better than I know myself, but He has promised not to withhold any good thing from those that walk uprightly. There is such security in trusting the Lord. The peace that comes with having absolutely no doubt that God's absolute best will indeed happen is a blessing beyond words.

I was reading tonight in James 3 and verses 17 and 18 stuck out to me.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Knowing that I am prone to seek my own will rather than God's, I love passages like this which differentiate between true wisdom from above and my wisdom... (or the lack thereof). This is down-to-earth and practical... "reasonable" is one of the characteristics of wisdom that comes from Him. Obviously, our reasoning can be off (and often is), but reasonable in combination with being without hypocrisy (meaning completely true and in no way fake), pure, full of mercy and good fruits (love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) shows us what true wisdom from the Lord looks like. As I seek His wisdom daily (because I lack wisdom), I need His work of grace in my heart to truly differentiate between my "wisdom" and the true wisdom that comes only from Him producing these good fruits. May He show me the foolishness of my "wisdom" and plant within me His wisdom not to puff me up, but to help me pursue Him with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength.


Anonymous said...

Good post Daniel. I need that work of grace, recognizing the wisdom which is from above, in my life as well.

Hannah Marie said...

Thank you very much for that reminder, Daniel. Amazingly, you caught me pondering this very topic on my own this morning, as I have some decisions to make. Honestly, the more I focus on my own wisdom when making decisions, the more likely I am to change my mind or be uncertain at to the validity of the decisions. But, what a blessing it is to focus entirely on the Lord and His wisdom, through Scripture and Spirit, when making decisions, as most often the decisions made with that grounding often bring about more peace than any I can make on my own.

Elsie Anne said...

Thank you, dear brother. At exactly this moment that was just the reminder I needed. As the Lord calls me to be sanctified and set apart for His purposes I too find it difficult to trust that he knows what is best. I can only take life one day at a time; indeed often a whole day is too much and I must take life one moment at a time. I can only ask for the Lord's grace, strength, and wisdom to live as he would have me live in this moment.

I am blessed to once again be learning from the Lord's wisdom within you, brother, that far exceeds mine.

Much Love,