God gives wisdom to anyone who asks. It’s a promise. He gives it liberally and without reproach. (James 1:5). And I thank Him for this gift regularly.
Yet how do we know what heavenly wisdom looks like?
James doesn’t leave us uncertain on this but in chapter 3 and verse 17 he gives us the definition of heavenly wisdom. Heavenly wisdom is:
· “First pure,
· Then peaceable,
· Willing to yield,
· Full of mercy,
· And good fruits,
· Without partiality,
· And without hypocrisy.”
That’s some list! And not really what I would have expected. My list would have included things like out of the box ideas like sawing babies in half, grace beyond human understanding, huge leaps of faith, and giving people the benefit of doubt.
While I’m still trying to understand all this means, I am struck by this one thing. Heavenly wisdom considers both now and later.
In the now wisdom is pure, peaceable, gentle, flexible, full of mercy, impartial and not hypocritical. In the future there is the good fruit. James is saying that if it’s a wise thing now, then there should be good fruit that comes out as a result.
Sometimes “wisdom” that is yields and brings peace today doesn’t bring good fruit. For example, when a parent continually yields to a toddler’s tantrums to bring peace and quiet in the now, in teenage this lack of discipline grows into fruit of rebellion, conflict and heartache. The tantrum is where the gentleness, mercy, impartiality as well as sowing of good seeds come in. Wise disciple looks towards the future fruit as well as the behaviour seen and heart revealed today.
I don’t know about you but I’m learning that the more I ask for wisdom from God, the more wisdom He gives me, the more I realise I need heavenly wisdom to walk worthy of the calling He has given me.
Heavenly wisdom – it’s something to ponder and a valuable promise to claim.
Have you been struck by any part of James 3:17? If so please share your insights in the comments below.