Daily Devotion - September 16, 2020 - Which Wisdom Leads You?

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Today’s Devotion – September 16, 2020
Reading: James 3:13-18

Weekly Theme: Wise Stewards
Today: Which Wisdom Leads You?

In yesterday’s devotion, I mentioned a great friend of mine, Charlie, who I believe is one of the wisest persons I have ever met. Charlie is seen listening and talking to people of all ages, races, ethnicities and educational levels, imparting his wisdom on them. Why do I think Charlie is wise? Because he knows when to speak and when to listen and he has pure motives.

Today’s reading describes two different types of wisdom in terms of the origin and outcome. The first description of “wisdom” really is not wisdom at all but may be mistaken as wisdom by some people. The best word to describe this type of mistaken wisdom is the word cunning. Cunning behavior originates out of bitter envy, is self-serving, is accompanied by boasting and is full of lies and deceit. It comes from a desire to satiate earthly, sensual, and demonic desires and leads to confusion and evil in the lives of other people.

Contrast this to the person who knows when to speak and listen, like my wise friend, Charlie. True wisdom is of God and comes from a spirit that is pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to surrender self, full of mercy and is without partiality and hypocrisy. These are all traits that I see in Charlie.

Don’t get me wrong… my friend, Charlie, is 100% human and has made mistakes just as we all have; I do not idolize him but I do admire his wisdom and value his friendship immensely. He admits when he is wrong and shares what he has learned from his various experiences and mistakes so that he might sow peace and produce the fruit of righteousness. Contrast Charlie, to the cunning person who can initially be perceived as wise but overtime, he or she will do nothing but produce confusion and evil. When we manipulate and do things for self-serving purposes, we are not sowing peace and righteousness but are trying to gain control over other people for personal gain.

The Holy Spirit is the source within us from which wisdom originates. Let us pray for God, through his Spirit, to grant us wisdom so that we might be sowers of peace, bearing the fruit of righteousness, all for God’s glory.

Dear God, we thank you for the gift of wisdom that you have in store for all who seek it from you. Help us not to confuse wisdom with cunning behavior. Help us not to be self-serving and manipulative. Help us to find great mentors, like my friend Charlie, who epitomizes the kind of wisdom that can only come from you. Help us to mostly look to the example of wisdom set forth by your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

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