Wisdom is something that I actively seek in my life, but it’s not always easy to find! Day in and day out, our minds and hearts are inundated with messages from the world that seem to be right, but in fact, offer a viewpoint on a topic that is contrary to what God says in His Word. We are tasked with always seeking His wisdom – indeed, the “wisdom from above,” as James describes it – first above all else. However, I believe that there is more to godly wisdom that simply following a set of rules and principles.
Wisdom (or the absence of it) is most evident by our behavior, in my view. After all, we can know the Bible bsckwards and forwards, but if this knowledge does not infiltrate our thoughts, words, and actions, then what good is it, really? We are no more than curators of Bible trivia, and such a testimony by itself is not good! We then are functioning like modern-day Pharisees.
Thankfully, we have the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, and He gently – or sometimes quite forcefully, depending on the situation – helps to guide our thoughts, words, and actions, if only we stop to ask Him. This relationship fosters an ongoing (and likely lifelong) process of dependence and surrender, but there’s no arguing with the results – just see James 3:17 below!
I still have light years to go in my own walk of wisdom, but here are a few of the lessons I’ve been learning from the Lord lately.
- Learning to bridle my tongue. Just because the Lord has given us some insight on a matter doesn’t mean that we have to speak what we know! Sometimes, the Lord shows us things and simply asks us to hold onto the information for awhile.
- Responding vs. reacting. While I still have a ways to go, I’m learning to gather as much information about a situation as I can, and then assess my circumstances more objectively (rather than letting my feelings take the lead). I’m still a highly sensitive and empathetic person, but this approach has helped me to establish healthier boundaries with my emotions and with other people, too!
- Remembering that people are watching what I say and do. I don’t mean this in a paranoid way, but seeking after the “wisdom from above” does mean that we hold ourselves to a different Standard, and that others recognize this distinction in us and are paying us careful attention. This isn’t a bad thing; rather, it means that I function with a heightened awareness of how my words and actions are being received and interpreted by others. We should embrace the influence that the Lord has given us!
God’s wisdom isn’t always easy to find, but He promises us that it is always within reach if we keep looking for it. And once we’ve laid ahold of it – who would dare to let it go? It then guides all that we say and do (even the “small things,” but everything is small to God, no?) 💡