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James basically wrote his epistles to the twelve tribes of Israel scattered among the nations in his day. However today's topic is for every Christian, not just the Jewish community, and it persuades us to seek divine wisdom, letting us know that God is more than willing to give us such an honourable possession without hesitation or reservation.

Reference: James 1:5-7 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) "Now if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all generously and without reproach; and it will be given to him. But let him ask in trust, doubting nothing; for the doubter is like a wave in the sea being tossed and driven by the wind. Indeed that person should not think that he will receive anything from the Lord."

God is a generous benefactor who gives us wisdom generously and without reproach. His readiness to give us His wisdom lavishingly is something we can never fathom out. And He does so without reproach, meaning that He doesn't scorn, ridicule, find fault or rebuke us for asking. He doesn't consider any of us unworthy of it. So He invites us to ask and receive it because it will be given to us profusely.

Divine wisdom is a precious commodity and its spiritually discerned, unlike human wisdom. You don't obtain or sustain it by going to school for it or by scientific research or by book knowledge, since it's not human wisdom. This is what the Bible explained in 1 Corinthians 2:12-14 (NIV) which reads, "What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit."

According to Paul, it is the wisdom that comes from the Spirit of God and so, the only way to receive and discern it is by having the Spirit of God, meaning that it is only for the born again Christians. No wonder Paul said to Timothy, "You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 3:15 NLT). This is also the reason why the understanding of the Scriptures does not emanate from logical reasoning but from the Spirit of God, bearing in mind that all Scripture is inspired by God.

There are three types of wisdom we see in operation. The first is human wisdom. The second is demonic wisdom and the third is divine wisdom. Human wisdom is not bad at all but the other two types of wisdom are superior to it because they are spiritual in nature. Therefore, human wisdom is limited in the sense that the spiritual controls the natural realm. It is natural wisdom and more of it can be acquired by anyone through books, experiences and observations. So anyone can function by it whether or not they have the Holy Spirit. This is why anyone can attend the university and become a lawyer after studying law even if they aren't born again or have the Spirit of God in them. So the nature of human wisdom is a function of its identification with ideologies of the world's system and its characterised by education, tradition, observation, and logic.

On the other hand, demonic wisdom is completely evil because it doesn't honour or acknowledge God's law or will as sovereign. James 3:15 (NIV) emphasized that such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. But the wisdom that comes from heaven, which James is encouraging us to ask from God is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere (James 3:17 NIV). He also specified the manner in which we must make request for it: "But let him ask in trust, doubting nothing." Stay tuned for Part 2. Shalom!

Scripture Reading - Psalm 51:6; Proverbs 2:6; Daniel 2:21; James 1:17.

Guided Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, I acknowledge today that you are unchangeable in your divine nature, purposes, promises and gifts. Thank you for giving me the best gift ever, which is Christ in me. He has become for me wisdom from above and certainly, He is more precious than gold and any treasure in the world. I'm forever engaged to this wisdom by virtue of new birth, by grace and by the Spirit and it has strategically positioned me to become more fitted for the inheritance of the saints in light. Thank you, the Majesty on high, who gives wisdom generously without finding fault, in Jesus' Name, Amen!

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