April 13 | James 3:16-17
“For where jealousy and ambition, there is disorder and every wicked deed. But heavenly wisdom is first holy, then peaceful, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, genuine.” (James 3:16 –17)
Many computer programs and operating systems have several ways to do the same thing. It gives people options, and most people only use one way. When I help people with their computers, some ask me if I know what I’m doing.
Wisdom is the engine for success. It shows us how to manage life and provides the solution for our problems. There are two types of wisdom, earthly and heavenly.
You may be able to have some success with earthly wisdom. Doing things the world’s way can get get you ahead in life. But your success may be short-lived. When people cut corners, use shortcuts, and cheat to get ahead, it always comes out.
The world’s way of doing things is easier. If hard work is involved, they want you to find a way to make it easier or faster. But God’s wisdom always yields the best result long-term. It may be harder in the beginning, but it pays off in the end.
James calls earthly wisdom, unspiritual and demonic. This kind of thinking is controlled by the devil. Many times, its end is destruction with suffering along the way. God has something much better for you. His wisdom comes from above, and yields good fruit.
Action Step: Look around today at the ways people operate. Some may experience great success, but how long will it last? What do people pay for earthly wisdom and its quick successes?
Jesus, I want to have godly success your way. You have changed my heart, and I seek to honor you. Teach me how to do things your way. I know there’s an eternal reward for seeking your kingdom and being obedient.