14 day plan

God’s Wisdom – you just have to ask!

Day 12 of 14


James 3:13

Two Kinds of Wisdom

13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

Reflection: Can one claim to be wise? It doesn’t sound very humble. Often we see wisdom in others. We seek out specific people in our lives for their wise counsel. James is suggesting we can show wisdom and understanding in the way we live our life. That makes sense. We can tell so much about our friends and family by the way they live their lives. How they treat each other. How they engage with the people in their neighbourhood. How they use their money.

As we look at this verse, there is something circular about it. We cannot be wise and understanding without God’s intervention. The deeds that might demonstrate that we are wise can only be displayed because we have received God’s wisdom that will reveal itself by our humility and by the good life we live.

Whatever it might be, I want to be that wise person. I want people to be able to look at my life and see a good example in it. I know how to engage this superpower. Just ask God and keep asking (and listening, and applying).

Prayer:  Lord God, I want to be a good example to others. Help me to breathe in your wisdom and understanding in a way that humbly offers my life to others. I am your servant, God. May I be willing to be used. Amen.

James 3:1-18

Taming the Tongue

1Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

3When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Two Kinds of Wisdom

13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.