Obviously, this question depends on the subject matter on which it is being asked. If you are a plumber, and asked if you have wisdom about plumbing, the answer is an easy one. If on the other hand, as a plumber, you are asked about your wisdom in neurogenic niches in the hypothalamus, I suspect it might be a different answer. But, as you sit today, let’s say I ask you if you are wise to God’s ways…what would your answer be to that?
Regardless of where we are on our spiritual journey of getting to know the Lord, I think one thing can be agreed upon by all of us; God is peaceful, graceful, and loves us all. As you meander through the wonderful book He has given us to learn His ways, we must understand that the deeper we go down the rabbit hole in our relationship with Jesus, the more impossible it becomes to forget what we’ve learned. Through our journey we see what Jesus really is, and we get a small understanding of who He is and what He stands for. After we’ve seen that, we can’t un-see it.
This week we look at James 3:13-18, and it deals with this exact concept.
“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.” James 3:13 (NLT)
Essentially, if you have seen the awesomeness of God…live like it. We know, regardless of our religious pedigree, that God calls us to live honorably and be people of integrity, kindness, and full of love for ALL of His people, yet sometimes we struggle.
I say we, but it can just as easily say, “I”. There are times, every single day, where I struggle. Whether it be through a personal relationship, a professional one, or an encounter with a complete stranger. I find myself in situations where even though I understand God’s ways, I find myself wanting to, because of my self-serving nature, stay far away from God’s ways. Then, in the middle of the moment, I find myself glancing up to Heaven, thinking about what He did for us and what He wants from us, and begrudgingly…doing the right thing. You know what I have learned though? Every time I do the right thing…no matter how badly I want to do it my way, I never regret my decision. Regret is a painful, powerful consequence of wanting to do things our way, compared to God’s way. If you want to live life without regrets…it’s pretty easy, follow the way of our Lord.
In theory that makes complete sense, right? Sure it does…but it doesn’t mean I won’t still make mistakes and end up reacting negatively and walking with my head hung and my pride busted. It is so easy to want to do it all ourselves, and think we can control things…but it’s so much easier if we could just let go, and know He has our backs…always.
For proof that He has our backs let’s read more in James. “And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:18 (NLT)
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and learning more from James. As we have gone through this study I have seen, time and time again, that God is amazingly consistent. There is no doubt that He expects obedience to Him and His word, but there is also no doubt that those who make the decision to give their lives to Him, and follow Him as Lord and Savior will be blessed. The path, as said in James, to reaping a harvest of righteousness, comes through living life as a peacemaker. My hope, for all of us, is that we take these lessons and apply them, daily, to our lives. For now…we have seen the power of our Lord, and in some way we have become wise to God’s ways, so the rest is now on us. We are called to live honorably, doing good works, and living selflessly.
What is one thing you can do, today, to answer that call?
In His name,
Eric J. Wasson