Wisdom

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (Jas. 1:5-8)

James writes those lines to the early Church and they remain as important today as the were then.  God wishes us to be wise, and he wishes to provide us with the wisdom we so sorely lack.  But what is wisdom in the biblical sense?  Put simply, wisdom is the ability to put into practice what we know we should be doing for God.  Wisdom is the power to act out our faith.  And what the world needs more than anything is for Christian people to act out their faith.

Far too many believers know in their head what they should be doing, but they don’t put into practice that knowledge.  They know they should pray, but seldom do.  That they should witness, but 92% of Christians will never, their whole life, share their faith with someone else.  They know they need to attend worship, but seldom do and then only if there isn’t something else they’d rather do.  And the world sees it all.  All the practical atheism (because that’s what knowing what to do and not doing it is- practical atheism).  And the world wants none of it.  Because if Christians won’t live their faith, why would anyone want that faith?

Ask God to give you the wisdom to put your faith in action.  Remember, it’s James who goes on to say ‘faith without works is dead’.  Is yours?

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About Jim

I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.
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