Who Is Wise And Understanding Among You?

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.” - James 3:13 NKJV

It makes sense that godly (true) wisdom is meek, considering it is based in the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 9:10). True wisdom is acknowledging and respecting the One Who ordered the reality in which we live, and obeying because we indeed trust that He knows best. 

Wisdom is more than just knowing.


If you know the right thing and do wrong, you are doubting that the Creator's way is the better option. You are rejecting that it's the more worthwhile option. And, you are taking His place of dictating what's better for your life or for others. The Bible calls it sin (James 4:17), and you can see how there is no meekness in this attitude. You are turning aside from an opportunity to experience the consequences of applying God's knowledge in His world: blessings (i.e. Psalm 34:9-16)! How can you see more and more cumulative examples of God's faithfulness unless you walk further along the paths of life? 

When you find yourself in a frustrating conversation and start responding harshly to the person, you are doubting that being gracious and patient - conveying God's character - is better than coming out "on top" or "humbling" the other person. Maybe you decided, 'this person needs to learn this lesson this way' and rejected that they should always receive words full of grace, seasoned with salt, to be ministered to by the Spirit in you (Colossians 4:5-6). You could be right and truthful in your information but still not walk in the meekness of wisdom in that interaction.

Operating in wisdom leads to good conduct (James 3:13). At the root are 2 things to ask yourself when you find your feet, or your mouth, or your mind, straying from paths of life: 

Do you desire good and to do good? Do you believe that God is good?


May the Lord give us faith to taste, that is, to obey, and then see that He is good and we are blessed when we trust in Him (Psalm 34:8).


By: Anyaeleh