Scripture: Proverbs 8:1-13
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17 (KJV)
In seeking for wisdom, every believer must know that there are two types - the wisdom from God and the wisdom of the world. Without a clear picture of this, the believer that begins with godly wisdom may end up influenced, operating and entrapped by worldly wisdom.
This issue can play out in the marketplace where Christians who start out honest and fair in their dealings become swayed by the seemingly successful ways of unbelievers.
In an attempt to imitate the “successful” ways of their peers, they discover and learn diverse ways to cut corners, cheat systems and manipulate the truth in order to appear productive and profitable. This often happens gradually and subtly with little or no realization that lines have been crossed. Godly wisdom models righteousness; it deals rightly, speaks truth and exhibits excellence. It does not operate in wickedness, does not speak perversely or deal deceitfully (Proverbs 8:6-8). Whenever we begin to think more about money or getting ahead more than our relationship with God, we have crossed a dangerous boundary.
As Children of God, we should remember that the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God (1 Corinthians 3:19) and the fear of the Lord is to the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). If our wisdom does not translate goodness to others, shine God’s light on situations or bring glory to God, it is not the wisdom that comes from God.
PRAYER:Lord, I refuse to choose the wisdom of this world over the wisdom that comes from you in Jesus name.
FAITH BYTE: I am a child of God and I operate by the wisdom of God.