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Today’s Truth

The wisdom from above is first of all pure.

James 3:17

Friend to Friend

All throughout the Bible, we see that wisdom is the real deal when it comes to spiritual must-haves. I like to think of it as the little black dress of faith. An essential must-have for every Christian woman to possess and wear. And surely one that we all look good in!

But in today’s world, it can be tricky to make wise decisions and choices. We’re surrounded by foolish and conflicting messages. Messages that oppose the wisdom of God as revealed in Scripture. We get hit from all sides with opinions, posts, and tweets about what people have and want and do—and about what people think is right and wrong.

They write it on signs and walk picket lines in an attempt to sway us in their direction.

They Instagram it, pin it on Pinterest, send e-petitions to our in-boxes, and blog about it.

And then there’s the media that screams like a colicky baby, demanding that we take note of the angle that they are trying to sell as acceptable behavior.

One thing’s for sure, there’s a wide difference between the wisdom of God and the wisdom of the world. When I say wide, I mean Grand Canyon wide. I mean the distance-between-the-east-coast-of- America-and-the-west-coast-of-Europe wide!

Here’s what James had to say about godly wisdom:

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.” (James 3:17 NLT)

Does that sound like the world to you? Pure? Peace loving? Gentle? Willing to yield? Full of mercy and good deeds? Fair and sincere? I think not.

Keeping these truths in mind helps me as a friend. When I’m tempted to vent my frustration about that other person, God’s wisdom reminds me to be a woman of peace.

It helps me as a Jesus follower. When I’m tempted to read a book or watch a movie that is fifty shades of compromise, God’s wisdom reminds me that I’m to be a holy, pure vessel for Him.

Here’s a refreshing truth: When the world shouts its ways that are contrary to the wisdom of God, I have a choice. I really do. I might not feel like it, but I do. I get to choose my response even when the pressures of political correctness and tolerance squeeze hard. Even in my workplace. Those pressures are indicators that I need to address the issue and not run from it or cave in to it.

My behavior is my choice, no one else’s.

And I want my choices to align with the ageless wisdom of the all-knowing God.

So I choose to put on my little black dress of faith.

And some cute shoes, of course!

Let’s Pray

Lord, I want Your wisdom. Please direct my choices, my behaviors, and my heart. Forgive me for the times when I look to others or to myself when I should be looking to You.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Where is your little black dress of faith? Choose one:

  1. “I don’t have one, but I’m asking God for one today!”
  2. “Stuck in the back of my heart closet. I really need to dig it out.”
  3. “At the dry cleaners! Wore it last week but need to pick it up today!”
  4. “Wearing, it, baby! Dazzling with His amazingness! Party on!”

Where do you want it to be?

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2 Responses to “I Want THAT Kind of Wisdom”

  1. Casie says:

    Good day sisters. My name is Casie I am a wife and mother of 3 children. I have 1 boy -13 and 2 girls -9 & 3. I read GIG daily devotions and have read Knowing God by name as well as Trusting God. My purpose of this email is to say thank you and to also let you know that I do not have Facebook. Years ago I did however this was a decision of mine to lead by example as my children got to be young teens. I am unable to share comments and sign up for any cool giveaways such as Gwen’s I Want It All Bible study. I was wondering if I could be added to the list for this? To answer the question of what am I looking for in the study? I would have to say anything that opens my eyes to knowing the truth. To add to my memory bank,add to my heart and share with my husband or friends or anyone God places ony heart. Bless you all and keep up the fabulous work. I just love all your honest compassionate stories. GIG begins my everyday devotional time, my me and my God time, so again, thank you. In love- “Off the grid” Casie.

  2. Cheryl says:

    I LOVE this devotional!! It is so on point! Definitely a keeper!

    On another note, could your web-designers consider using a darker font for the devotionals? I usually have to make “adjustments” to work making the print boldly legible. The size is great, just that the print could be bolder.

    On another note, I have never read a bad devotional. You, Mary and Sharon are definitely anointed and praying women. Keep up the incredible witness of what the Holy Spirit can do when lives are submitted to His will.

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