In James 3:13, we learn that there are two kinds of wisdom – heavenly wisdom and earthly wisdom. Both operate very differently and have different outcomes.
Earthly wisdom is decision making at the world’s standards – which is actually foolishness to God (1 Cor 1:20). The world’s wisdom is often based on whatever appeases the desires of the flesh – whatever feels good, and is most self-gratifying, which obviously is not always a good life compass.
On the contrary, heavenly wisdom is out of this world – literally! It sees further down the line, it sees the bigger picture, and has a better outcome. It comes from God as we partner with Him. It puts God first, rather than self. The fruit is not destruction, but life and peace. It is limitless in outcome and sometimes seems irrational.
King Solomon had the opportunity to ask for whatever his heart desired and he asked for wisdom.
God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honour, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honour, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.” (2 Chronicles 1:11).
What an example of how wisdom ushers in a life of success, peace and fruitfulness! As we seek first the kingdom, all the rest is added. Put another way, as we seek Godly wisdom first, ironically a successful life is a bi-product.
Wisdom is more precious than jewels (Proverbs 8:11), yet the Bible says that if we ask for it, God will give it to us…and not just a bit… GENEROUSLY! ‘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’ (James 1:5).
A daily devotion for a better way of living.