Scripture: James 3:13-4:12
Key verse: James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.
Reflection: Wisdom isn’t the same as knowledge or skill or experience. Plenty of smart, skillful, experienced people seem to lack wisdom. In the Bible, wisdom is the quality that enables people to discern the path of God’s will and God’s way in the world. Wisdom is a gift from God and is revealed in a person’s character, choices, and priorities.
In today’s passage, the writer calls us to the way of God’s wisdom. This wisdom is seen in one who is “pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trade of partiality or hypocrisy.” From that description, it sounds like a wise person is someone who is like Jesus. This wisdom cannot be earned or purchased. This wisdom is a gift, and the gift can be cultivated by deepening our relationship with God through prayer, study, and community. We cultivate wisdom when we slow down to reflect on our lives. We quiet ourselves in God’s presence and simply acknowledge the grace of God. We ask ourselves where we have seen signs of God’s love and grace at work and we listen for how we might serve. This wisdom is available to anyone with ears to hear and eyes to see. Thanks be to God for this gift!
Prayer: Wise God, give me your wisdom for my day. Quiet my anxious heart and my wandering mind so that I can simply be with you. Shape my character to be more like Jesus. May those around me see the fruit of wisdom in my life. Through Christ I pray. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].