But the Wisdom from Above...


But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle,

open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

- James 3:17-18

The wisdom found through seeking God is a journey of faith. It is a decision to trust His judgment even when it doesn’t make sense. In James 3:17 the words peace, open to reason, full of mercy, and good fruits really stood out when I read this because they illustrate how we can choose to view God’s wisdom, especially in those unknown moments. His intentions are pure in providing us with avenues of seeking His wisdom through the Bible, His creation, and using those around us as His messengers. He is a God of reason and compassion. We can choose to use the spiritual wisdom we experience in our everyday life to bear the good fruits, or do good works, for those around us.

What exactly is spiritual wisdom? It defines not only having knowledge but much more than that: it is the quality of being able to apply the principles of knowledge and acting on that by using life experiences as lessons God is teaching you in your daily walk.

Everyone has experienced situations when they need wisdom to make a sound decision. Life is full of those moments of impact where sometimes you are left with making a tough decision that seems impossible. That’s where spiritual wisdom sets you apart. You have a mindset of trust, peace, and sincerity in coming to a resolution (even if it is still difficult to make). Seeking wisdom in choosing a college and a major, which avenue of opportunity to take after college, who to make a lifelong commitment to in marriage, the possibility of future children, and the decisions that come about with aging/retirement. While some of those situations may seem far off, some may hit home with the opportunity to truly put life into perspective.

How can you find that wisdom?

First, there is so much power in prayer. With prayer, putting action behind the words such as noticing the little blessings in your everyday life that are so easily overlooked, taking into consideration what your trusted inner circle advises, and even in God’s creation. I don’t know about you but I absolutely love being outdoors in the fresh air. It gives me a sense of clarity and again, puts life into perspective as far as just how vast creation is around me. I am reminded that if God created all of this beauty and splendor, who am I to question His judgment?

Reflection

1. Ask God for wisdom in that decision you are struggling to make. Take a moment to soak it in and look around you. What are some ways God is showing up to you right now?

2. Write down your definition of spiritual wisdom. What are some life experiences you can turn into lessons through that Godly wisdom?

3. Make a two-column list of “Earthly Wisdom and Godly Wisdom,” writing down what the world would advise around you and then what God would advise. You will notice a difference in fear/fearlessness and will most likely see a God of ambition speak through that list.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for giving me a life perspective that is based on eternal values that last vs. Earthly things that are fleeting. I know I may not always see the wisdom right in front of me and I might miss the little signs You provide, but my prayer is that with continued pursuit of You, I am able to find Your peace and clarity within myself and be able to use that spiritual wisdom to make a greater impact. In Your name I pray, Amen.

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