This Wisdom...

We need wisdom.

These are the days that require our minds to be alert, our eyes open, our spirits searching. Opinions are everywhere. Disorder reigns over the internet. Divisions cripple the church.

We need wisdom.

Not the wisdom of this age. It is earthly, of the world.

Not the wisdom of our self. It is natural, of the flesh.

Not the wisdom of the Father of lies. It is demonic, of the devil.

God, give us wisdom.

“If you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.” (James 3:14-16)

Peace in the body of Christ is quickly slipping away. That ancient serpent knows that in order to cripple the Gospel message his best bet is to cripple the church with divisions. A united church, at one with each other and their Heavenly bridegroom, creates a witness that causes the demons to shudder.

Yet, we cannot be online for more than one minute before we find disorder. Especially in Christian circles.

James warned that disorder is an indication that jealousy and selfish ambition exist. In our efforts to be heard, we dominate the conversation through sarcasm, poetic nonsense, and arrogance. “Do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.”

Do we know that we are always in fact right when someone dares to have a different opinion than us?

This wisdom”, James describes is not divine ... it does not come down from above. Instead he has very strong words for it: earthly, natural, demonic.

Earthly. Wisdom that is ruled by a worldly ethos and principles.

Natural. Wisdom that allows our senses to rule over what we know to be morally right. We can feel so strong about something emotionally we allow the intellectual truth to be trampled by our senses. The word natural even goes so far as to have the idea of “animal-like”.

Demonic. Wisdom that arrives straight from the devil himself.

Is it not fair to consider that those who are sowing the seeds of strife are promoting a false wisdom? Is it not possible that those who dominate conversations with arrogance are producing spoiled fruit rather than the fruit of the Spirit?

“These verses show the difference between men's pretending to be wise, and their being really so. He who thinks well, or he who talks well, is not wise in the sense of the Scripture, if he does not live and act well. True wisdom may be known by the meekness of the spirit and temper.” (Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary.)

Meekness of spirit. We do not have all the answers. We may have some, but in humility might we try to learn from one another? Can we come together as the bride of Christ and honor those we disagree with?

His kingdom is one of peace. 

God, give us wisdom.

Divine wisdom.

“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.” (James 3:17)

Momma to three pixies, Lyric, Brielle, and Zion, wife to a Viking-loving writer, daughter of the King. My blog reflects living the lyrics of the cross in the beauty of everyday. I hold a Masters in theology, but more importantly, I host several barn owls in the second acre. We are all about breathing deep here and soaking in the glory of life.