We can know a lot about God, scripture, and our beliefs. But it doesn’t stop there. It’s what we do with that knowledge that defines wisdom – there is an application component to wisdom.
How we behave with our given knowledge matters.
To whom does it matter? It matters to God.
James does not leave us hanging.
- He points us to the end-game goal of righteousness in God’s eyes.
- He defines worldly wisdom vs. godly wisdom.
- He says look at the evidence.
- He gives us specific character qualities to work on to get there.
– Chris Freiburg
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. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 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. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. James 3:13-18
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5