FUNCTION OF WISDOM (2) - JAMES 1: 1 – 5

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Bible in a year: Nahum 1:1-3:19, Revelation 8:1-13, Psalm 136:1-26, Proverbs 30:7-9

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The book of James said if anyone lacks wisdom let him ask God who gives to all men liberally. Wisdom is that supernatural force that God gives a man that causes a man to see life the way God sees it. God sees life: past, present and future as linked together. Wisdom is not learnt in the four walls of school. Wisdom is the ability to use knowledge aright. It is possible to read fifty books and not be able to create wealth out of it. It takes more than information gathering to handle life. Wisdom gathers information and has the ability to use it rightly and determine a better outcome. It takes wisdom to handle the crisis and the challenges of life.

1.A wise man is very observant Psalm 107:43

2. The wise hear conversation. They hear what is said but not spoken; they understand what is inferred from a discussion. Proverbs 1:7. Develop the hearing nature, don’t just listen but listen to hear.

3. The wise man learns from unlikely sources. Learning is a skill that wisdom brings to you. There is no faculty of wisdom and understanding in the university as it takes wisdom to learn from unlikely sources. Expect to find wisdom from unlikely places. 

4. The wise man gathers experts to work for him. The expert most times is not as wise as the wise man. He is the man with an idea and practical steps to execute it. He doesn’t only have wisdom to get the job done but thinks ahead of others. It is the man spending his time to be wise now that will employ the experts later in life.

5. The wise man hears and respects instructions. Prov. 8:33, Prov. 9:9. The word of God is filled with instructions on how to do many things: instruction on marriage, holy living and on life generally. Disrespect for instruction is a mark for destruction in life. It is a mark of wisdom to find instructions, directions, guidelines and follow it.

Prayer: Father, I ask that you will guide me in the path of wisdom and cause my life to reflect the function of wisdom in Jesus’ name. Amen.