There is a major difference between being smart and being wise. James took the time to make the distinction. James wanted to clarify that wisdom provides more than an understanding of facts and formulas. Wisdom was a gift that produced life change. As James looked through his community, those that had wisdom were very noticeable–because they lived great lives. People that were smart (earthly wisdom) behaved selfishly and had chaotic lives. They displayed all the characteristics of a selfish fool. In the end, they were miserable, lost and alone. They found that all of the gains they made in life were for nothing–hollow and meaningless.
Conversely, seeking God’s wisdom quickly showed up in one’s lifestyle. Selfless, peaceful, considerate and fruitful lives were the hallmark of the wise. God freely gives wisdom to all who faithfully ask for it. (James 1:5). As we begin to incorporate God’s wisdom into our lives, however, we cannot help but become like Him. Jesus said it best in Matthew 6, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” As we seek God and His righteousness we gain wisdom that not only assists us in navigating the troubled waters of this life; but, it also prepares us for the eternity we will spend with the Lord. we cannot help but be a different Godly person. We quickly distinguish ourselves from the world and its chaos. God’s wisdom is pure, it is complete and it is eternal. Seek God and ask for it–James tells us God is glad to share!!!
God Bless You
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.