By Pastor John Bingham
James 3:13, “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.”
As James transitions to the thought of humility, it is still with the principle theme in mind. It is a false religion that does not transform both the inside and the outside. A man that walks in wisdom demonstrates a life that is transformed by something more than just man-made religion. In the book of Proverbs, God shares with us many words of wisdom. He states in Proverbs 4:7, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: And with all thy getting get understanding.” Obtaining wisdom is vital for the believer.
Proverbs 9:10 teaches us where to begin in our quest for wisdom when it says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom...”True wisdom is always linked up with faith in the Lord. A wise man is one who is able to use his knowledge in the right way and to the best advantage. One may not be a highly educated man, yet be able to demonstrate great wisdom. While another may have a head full of information and facts but continue as a fool. Someone once said, “Knowledge is the hewer of wood, wisdom is the architect and builder.”
It is possible to have a good knowledge of the Word of God, to have been trained in a Bible School, and to have read and absorbed knowledge from the greatest of Christian classics, and yet not be a wise Christian. All Christians, especially teachers, need wisdom. This kind of wisdom flows freely from our gracious and merciful Father. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Therefore, let us seek the wisdom of God from the Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:15, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” Only as a Christian seeks to shape his life according to the Word, will he be a wise Christian.