In yesterday’s blog I addressed some of my thoughts on religious freedom in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriages in all states. I referenced several passages that spoke clearly about how Christians should react to this in their everyday affairs.
Today, I want to ask and answer a question that parallels that conversation and that is “who is wise?”. The Bible answers this question for us. In Job 9:4 it is written “God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?” The writer here answers succinctly one who is wise and implies that if man wishes to be considered wise not to harden our hearts against Him. In today’s world we do not live under the Old Law, or the Law of Moses, that should not keep us from looking at all the Holy Spirit has given us in the Bible.
It has been given us for several reasons. The Old Testament allows us to see the history of God’s people and where they fell short so that we might heed the warnings history gives us. We are also given insight into some of the wisdom of God. Proverbs 10:19 reads “in the multitude of words sin is not lacking,but he who restrains his lips is wise.” Proverbs 12:15 reads “the way of a fool is right in his own eyes,but he who heeds counsel is wise.”. How does this flow with the Supreme Court you may ask. It flows in this manner, their decision teaches the edicts of Satan and hardens their collective heart against God. Not only the Judicial branch of the government also the Executive branch likes and endorses this decision.These are men who have had their hearts hardened against the truth of the Gospel. Men who use their “wisdom” to rule against God are not wise. James 3:13-16 reads “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy, and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.
This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” James addresses earthly wisdom in this passage. This wisdom does not lead any to please God which, as Christians, is our primary focus. It leads another direction altogether. That direction is toward Satan. We need to seek wisdom from above and we do that in our study of God’s word. If we are to be wise we need to seek the counsel of God always in our affairs and encourage those around us to do likewise. In doing that we may be considered wise. If we do not seek the counsel of God then we are the fools that the write speaks of in Proverbs.We will be like the people James wrote about in the third chapter of his epistle. Who is wise? God and those who seek Him.