God wants us to be wise and have understanding. We are taught in Proverbs 9:10 that “The fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 3:13-15 says, “How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding. For it is more profitable than silver, and it’s of more gain than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her.”
Wisdom and understanding begin by acknowledging who God is and what He has done for us. Once you and I recognize the fact that God is holy and that we are not; we come to understand that we are separated from Him; and the only way that we can bridge that gap between us is by accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior; our wisdom and understanding begins at that moment.
The sad truth is that many are trying to gain wisdom and understanding in other ways.
Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 and see if this is not where our world is today. Those who don’t believe find the preaching of the cross to be foolishness. And, those who profess themselves to be wise are fools; they find themselves focusing all of their attention on the things that God has created rather than the Creator. 1 Corinthians 3:25 says, “the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” The same passage goes on to say in verse 27 that “God has chosen the foolish things of this world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the week things of the world to shame the things which are strong.”
James encourages believers in chapter 3 verse 13 to show their God given wisdom and understanding (that comes only from a relationship with Him trough Christ). We are to show it through our actions of good behavior, and our good deeds. In other words, don’t just say, “I’m a Christian.” Live like a Christian! I like the example of St. Francis. He said, “preach the gospel and if necessary use words.”
Talking to the church, James teaches church members not to be jealous; not to have a selfish ambition; not to be arrogant; and not to lie. The writer goes on to tells us that these traits don’t even come from God. Instead, they come from worldly influences, fleshly desires, and demons. In others words, if we possess these types of characteristics, then we are giving Satan a foothold in our lives.
James notes that when our lives are filled with envy, selfish ambition, arrogance, and lying then our lives will be filled with disorder, and every evil things too. The apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 14:3 that God is not the author of confusion (Satan is), instead God gives us peace.
Notice that in James 3:17-18 he reminds us that Godly wisdom is pure, peaceable, gentile, reasonable, full of mercy, good fruits, unwavering, and without hypocrisy.
If you are demonstrating anything other than Godly wisdom and understanding in your life, then it’s time for a change.
If you are not a Christian, then it’s time to accept the facts that you have been foolish and week, and that you need God. In other words, admit to God that you are a sinner, ask for His forgiveness, and invite Christ into your life. If you make this decision, then you need to me or another Christian know so we can help you.
If you are a Christian, then you need to ask God for His forgiveness.
Once you have surrendered your will to His, then I would encourage you to put on the Armor of God. Read Ephesians 6:10-20. Prayerfully study God’s word, preach the gospel (if necessary use words), and pray for others to be faithful ambassadors for Christ.