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!

A Balancing Act

A Balancing Act

Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves.  Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless [innocent] as doves.  (Matthew 10:16 NKJV – parenthetical definition added)

As believers, we are all sent out as ambassadors to spread the Good News of salvation.  But we’re sent as sheep!  Yes, Jesus compares us to sheep sent into a world that contains wolves.  Sheep have no survival skills, and are not smart or cunning when it comes to safety.  They rely completely upon their shepherd to lead and guide them, to feed and protect them.  Sheep respond to their shepherd’s voice, but they tend to get restless when food is scarce. 

Jesus compared us to sheep because, like sheep, we need our loving Shepherd’s wisdom, protection, the food of His Word, and the living water of the Holy Spirit.  We also recognize our Savior’s voice and respond to it.

We are sent among wolves1 who want to make prey out of any vulnerable sheep.  So, as believers, we must trust God to protect us and guard us, even as He protected Daniel in the lions’ den.

We must be wise like a serpent, who has keen eyesight and is quick to learn.  Yet we must be as innocent as a dove, who is meek and gentle.  (When the Holy Spirit appeared, it would be in the form of a dove.2)  This balancing act is only possible by God’s grace.

How can we share our own, personal story of salvation without offending the unsaved or coming across as confrontational?  We should allow the Lord to control the situation, as we listen for His wise voice and obey it.  We need to be vulnerable, non-combative, and yet courageous in our witness.  The Lord will give us an understanding of the person and the situation as we allow ourselves to be guided by Him.

When we follow the instructions of the Word, we can harmoniously use the traits of both serpents and doves and be a witness of calm discretion!

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1 Mat 7:15

2 Mat 3:16; Mk 1:10