We live in an age where social media has given everyone a platform. Instead of things being correct based on fact, we often think things are correct based on popular opinion. If the masses agree with my stance and my post gets those likes, I must be correct. And feelings rule the world, so therefore if I feel something it’s right because it’s “right to me”.
But this isn’t reality.
Our ultimate truth needs to come from a higher source. What is God's perspective? What is Kingdom truth? In a world where words are many, wisdom often whispers. But it’s when we speak with wisdom that light enters our conversation.
But what does wisdom look like? And why is it so rare? It's so rare in fact that when God offered Solomon anything, he chose wisdom.
God encourages us to ask for wisdom (James 1:5), a prayer that He promises to answer. Wisdom comes from God (Proverbs 2:6), through the scriptures (Proverbs 1:7). It’s more precious than gold (Proverbs 3:13-18).
Wisdom and humility go hand in hand and are inseparable (James 3:13). We don’t need to be the person at the party who has an opinion on everything. Sometimes we say more when we say less (Proverbs 17:29). It’s honourable to be teachable and open to correction (Proverbs 19:20).
Wisdom from God bears good fruit (James 3:17). As a pastor, I hear a lot of opinion on how things should be done. I often think about the fruit of the person speaking. Do they have the testimony to back up what they’re sharing? Is it just an opinion from an earthly perspective or is there Godly wisdom attached? Fruit speaks louder than words.
Wisdom brings peace and reconciliation to the hearer. Wisdom sows peace in order to reap a harvest of righteousness (James 3:18).
And lastly, Godly wisdom causes the hearer to draw near to God. Is what I’m sharing Christ centred? Is it full of love and kindness? If so, it’s something worth sharing.
Let’s be people of wisdom, rather than people who just add to the noise of opinion.
Ps Benaiah & Charlie