James 3:17  “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”

     Are you stuck?  Have you painted yourself into a corner?  Are you between a rock and a hard place?  Do you need some wisdom?  Everybody gets to a point  in their life when they’re in a situation they can’t figure out.  Where do you look for wisdom?  There is no shortage of books, CD’s and self help gurus who will tell you exactly what to do in order to get out of the hole you’ve dug for yourself. 

     The trouble with this kind of  ‘wisdom’ is that all too often it takes you along an easier, shorter route that that brings you to a dead end.  Self help has become big business as one blogger writes;  ” . . ., if you tell people that the road is tough, and there isn’t any easy map or 3-step no-fault guaranteed short-cut to the end goal … that’s harder to sell. Enough of us want so badly to believe that there’s a short-cut, or someone with the answers to give us, that Americans spend a mind-boggling $11 Billion a year on self-help (or self-improvement) books and products that promise “the way.” Or at least a shorter way.”  (Lane Wallace)  There is lots of ‘wisdom’ in the world but can a person find the kind of wisdom that will bring life to a hopeless situation?

     King Solomon was reputed to be the wisest and most learned man on earth. He devoted his life to learning and experiencing all he could; “I applied mine heart to know and to search and to seek out wisdom and the reason for things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness.” (Ecc 7:25) After a life of searching, learning and acquiring wisdom he concluded; “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecc 12:13)  Scripture tells us; “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10)

     Whatever the wisdom you choose it comes at a price.  Self help books cost money. Wisdom that comes from God can’t be bought with money; “It cannot be gotten for gold; neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.”  (Job 28:15)  The price of God’s wisdom is your self.  Selfish people cannot acquire it nor can they understand it.  People bound up in their own selves are purveyors of worldly wisdom; “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you  … “(2 Peter 2:3)  Jesus told us that by letting go of our selfishness we would gain life;  “He that findeth his life, shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for My sake, shall find it.” (Matthew 10:39)

     The price of wisdom from heaven is to set aside your prejudices towards faith and the Holy Bible.  The price of wisdom is to read the Word daily and walk in it.  The price of wisdom is to humble yourself enough to take instruction from scripture.  The price of wisdom is to overcome your fear and pride and walk believing the Bible’s truth.  For many that price is too high;  “. . ., that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. ” (John 3:19)

       What is bought for giving up pride in self and fear of man?  A transformation from a living death to abundant life;  “And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)  As this transformation progresses God’s wisdom becomes comprehensible and delivers you from the cruel bondage of resentment, pain and fear.  Whatever trouble you may be in, God’s Word provides a way out, not a quick fix, but a way out that gives peace and rest.

     Jesus said;  “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

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