There are two kinds of wisdom: the carnal, earthly type that the world exalts, and the wisdom of God. The two are total opposites. As different as dark from light, cold from hot, and hate from love. Which one are you filled with? You might be surprised just how much of the world’s wisdom you believe. As a new creature in Christ, I am thankful that while I may not have all Godly wisdom, He has promised that if I ask, He will give (James 1:5).
But how do you tell the difference between God’s wisdom and the “wisdom” of the world?
First, we should define what true wisdom is. It is seeing things, or thinking about things, from God’s perspective.
If human wisdom is the opposite, then it’s definition would be seeing things they way the world does. Just look at what the book of James says in verse 14:
“But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.”
Hmmm…jealous much? Want that attention some else is getting? What about their “easy” life? Nice job?Good looking spouse? Vacation? Or how about the peace and joy they exude?
Of course, bitterness leads right into strife. It is bad enough to have bitterness in your heart, but we both know it won’t stay there! You know what I am talking about, but if you don’t believe me, read Matthew 15:18.
“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.”
It colors everything the person you are jealous of, or bitter towards, says or does, in your eyes at least. It’s why you think they are showing off, when really they are praising God for working. It’s why you can’t look at them without having to fake that smile. It’s why no matter how nice that person is to you, you will only see meanness. Remember when your husband helped with some chore and you were thinking, “He’s just doing this so I will (fill in the blank)______________!”
I’m thinking worldly wisdom is looking pretty miserable.
So as you read your Bible over the next few days, or weeks, or months, or years, start looking for the examples of God’s wisdom vs. The World’s. Make a list and keep it in your Bible.
God loves you!
Hi! My name is Rachael and I am a child of God. I was saved from sin and all its bondage at the age of 21. I am married to an incredible man. He constantly challenges me to grow closer to my Saviour. We have three beautiful children that love the Lord. Currently, our family is preparing to go to Thailand as missionaries.