The Meekness of Wisdom

The Meekness of Wisdom

Wisdom is a gift from the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor 12:8)  How can wisdom be characterized as meek?

Let’s understand meekness as it was understood in Bible times.  True meekness is power under control such as when a horse is trained to accept a saddle and to obey the will of its rider or owner. 

The training of the horse does not make the animal less strong.  The submission of the horse does not make it less strong.  Neither the training nor the act of submission makes the horse less than he was when he was running untamed.  It actually makes him more valuable and useful!  That’s something to think about for several seconds.

Jesus was described as meek, and yet He had supernatural power available to Him.  All He had to do was to speak to access His miraculous power, but He didn’t do it.  He humbled Himself to the will of His Father to complete His assignment to become our Redeemer.  He was as meek as a Lamb.

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.  (Rom 12:16 ESV)  Jesus did associate with the lowly and actually became lowly by becoming a man!

Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?  There is more hope for a fool than for him.  (Pro 26:12 NKJV)  Spiritual wisdom is actually a connection with the heart of God.  There is no room for haughtiness or pride when we understand that any wisdom we have is given to us directly by the Lord.

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.  (Jas 3:13-17, emphases added)  The meekness referred to here is two-fold:  our submission to God’s will combined with our knowledge that the wisdom that is given to us is God’s own wisdom.

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.  (1 Cor 3:18)  Jesus seemed foolish to many of the people in Biblical times.  Some felt that He should have defended Himself.  Others wanted to fight and to start a battle.  But Jesus, obeying the wise plan of His Father, didn’t do those things.  He was in complete control of Himself out of love for His Father.

Notice that James 3:17 names the “wisdom that is from above,” meaning that it is from God, and the verse talks about what personifies this spiritual and supernatural kind of wisdom.  Jesus did personify heavenly wisdom by being pure, peaceable, gentle, yielding, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality or hypocrisy.  Jesus was meek as well as wise.

The Scriptures tell us that Jesus actually became for us “wisdom from God”!  Jesus embodies wisdom.  Jesus’ life in each one of us contains the wisdom of God.

 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—  (1 Cor 1:30)

Jesus is the perfect example of the Meekness of Wisdom.  Glory to God!

Choose One: Pride or Humility

Choose One:  Pride or Humility

For the day of the Lord of hosts shall come upon everything proud and lofty, upon everything lifted up—and it shall be brought low—  (Isa 2:12)

And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled, and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low, and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.  (Isa 2:17 ESV)

And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled . . .   (Isa 5:15 KJV)

Those of high stature will be hewn down, and the haughty will be humbled.  (Isa 10:33b)

I will halt the arrogance of the proud, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.  (Isa 13:11b)

The Lord of hosts has purposed it, to bring to dishonor the pride of all glory, to bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth.  (Isa 23:9)

Pride is defined as a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements or efforts.  The feeling of pride allows no room for God’s blessings or help but sees achievements as solely their own.

Humility is defined as freedom from pride, haughtiness or arrogance.  It may be an ability to acknowledge your place in life over many decades, and how it may fit it with God’s plan for you.

The Bible warns us that God Himself resists [fights, battles, attacks] the proud! 

Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  (James 4:6)

Conversely, the Bible tells us that the Lord gives grace [beauty, charm, unmerited favor] to the humble.  A humble person is devoid of arrogance and self-exaltation, and has willingly submitted to God and His will.

We may choose to live our life with a humble heart, mind, and attitude by being submitted to God and to His plans for us.  Happily, since we have the ability which response we would like to receive from the Lord, let us choose wisely. 

If we humble ourselves, He will pour out His grace upon us.