James 3:13-18 Man’s Wisdom and God’s Wisdom

Introduction—I recently picked up a new book entitled Distracted that deals with the climate of distraction we live in today.  Technology interrupts many moments of our days, causing a shortened attention span and inability to carry out lengthened thoughts.  This affects us as we seek wisdom.

Where does the world look for wisdom?
Where should Christ followers look for wisdom?IMAG0010

Compare the world’s wisdom with God’s wisdom.

Man’s wisdom is temporal, prideful, informational.  God’s wisdom is eternal, humbling, insightful.

Refer back to James 1:5  “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

It pleases God when we ask for wisdom.  See the example of Solomon in II Chronicles 1.

Defined:  wisdom is not just acquired information, but practical insight with spiritual implications.

What are the wisdom books of the Bible?

Read through James 3:13-18.

Observation / Comments—

3:13  Begins with a question.  We should ask the same question, especially when we are seeking advice and help.  Some of the character traits of the wise are mentioned here—good deeds, humility.  Beware of the teacher who thinks he/she has all the answers.

3:14  Here is a contrast of earthly wisdom with spiritual wisdom.  Earthly wisdom, man’s wisdom is characterized by bitter envy, selfish ambition, boasting.

3:15-16  More traits of man’s wisdom include being earthly, unspiritual, of the devil, envious, selfish, disorderly, and evil.

3:17  Here are the traits of Godly wisdom—pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, impartial, and sincere.

Application—

Read through Proverbs 3 and make application to our lives and to our need for wisdom from the Lord.

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