It was a very full day yesterday, Father, and I thank You for Your watch care and direction. A busy day at work and an evening of inspiration as we received direction in preparation for the next Wycliffe Associates Banquet later in October, lent themselves to a good night’s rest. I am blessed.
James 3:13-18 (<<click here)
O the dichotomy of earthly wisdom and wisdom that we find through You Lord. James states,
“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.”
So often earthly wisdom is characterized by “bitter jealousy” and “selfish ambition.”
Lord, it comes down to a mentality of “me” or “others.” Basically, wisdom is the compilation of experience and things we have learned and then applying those things in our lives with good judgment. So do I seek to use the measurement of wisdom I have for my own selfish gain or do I seek to use it humbly – without pride – to benefit others, as well?
The world around me is consumed with looking out for “number one” – no one else is looking out for my best interests so I have to. But what a difference it makes when we seek to look out for the best interest of others. When we do so – people’s lives are changed – sometimes their lives are even saved!
I can’t help but think of the daily news (of which I watch and read very little). It is so full of evil and pain – but that is what people want to see. But…thankfully people love “Good Samaritan” stories and stories about people sacrificing themselves and their own safety to benefit or save someone else.
Lord, may my life be lived out in giving myself over to help others. Enable me to do “good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.”
Sept. 13th, Tues, 6:39 am