The Book of James – Wisdom or Knowledge

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“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” James 3:13

Wisdom, just what is wisdom? I pray often for wisdom, because there are times that I just don’t know what I need to do. Without wisdom I just wonder around not knowing how to apply the knowledge that I have. Having wisdom helps us not only to know God’s will for our lives, but to know how  we can practice this call from God. “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7) James in these verses is still talking about the teachers and leaders in the church. You can be a great teacher or preacher and know how to say things, but the key is to live what you teach and this takes wisdom. Knowledge enables us to take things apart and wisdom enables us to put things together and relate God’s truth to daily life. James asks a question in this verse, “who is wise and understanding among you?” We must answer this question. Do you have wisdom or just knowledge?

A truly wise person will demonstrate the humility of wisdom by his good works. The true test of God’s kind of wisdom is a life well lived, a life spent doing good works for others. “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:5-7) Without setting ourselves aside, we cannot hope to become the wise servants God has called us to be.

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