What is Godly wisdom?
In September, our kids are opening fresh textbooks and families are getting back to routine. So many of us are eager to learn new things, take care of our homes and our kids, and to break out the fall decor. I thought a verse focused on wisdom would be just right. This one is a detailed list of characteristics that help us recognize true wisdom in others as well as in ourselves.
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.
Anybody else think that was pretty packed? I’m a list-loving person, so I’m breaking out the bullet points.
Heavenly wisdom is:
- Peace loving
- Always gentle
- Willing to yield
- Full of mercy
- Full of the fruit of good deeds
- Free of favoritism
- Always sincere
On the one hand, having this in list form helps my brain take it all in. On the other hand, I can’t help but feel inadequate and somewhat foolish instead of wise in light of it. I’m a mom of little ones, and I know I’m not 100% reflecting heavenly wisdom every day. But I’m choosing to see this list as encouragement, and I hope you do too.
Godly Wisdom is for You and Me
It’s so important to remember that earthly wisdom isn’t the same as heavenly wisdom. (See 1 Corinthians 1:27) The list we’re given here makes it clear that wisdom has nothing to do with outward appearance, social standing, or intellect. You don’t need an award, title, or certificate in order to be wise. God loves sharing wisdom with regular people like you and me, and Jesus thanked Him for that in Luke 10:21.
I don’t expect any of us to read this verse and think, “Hey, I got this wisdom thing DOWN!” God’s word actually says that it’s best not to think of yourself as wise.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
The Bible also says in James 1:5 that all we have to do is simply ask God for wisdom, and He’ll give it to us.
That’s a lot of verses about wisdom, all to say this. Moms, God made us wise and able to act in wisdom at all times. It’s not for someone fancier than you, more prominent than you, or richer than you. It’s not for the scholars or the Mensa members.
Wisdom is for you.
You can be wise whether you’re breaking up another of your kids’ squabbles, deciding what to make for dinner, or navigating a difficult season in life. I hope you can memorize this month’s verse with a sense of encouragement and grace. My prayer for us today is that God will give us wisdom and that others will know it by our reflection of these characteristics.
May we be pure, peace-loving, yielding, merciful, fruitful, fair, and sincere moms centered in Christ. We are sinners turned into saints by grace, and through God, we can walk in wisdom every day.