March 2, 2021

The Path to Wholeness

Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.
Psalm 119:66
Wisdom is one of the Bible's greatest treasures. It is, in fact, one of the most important attributes of God. So it should come as no surprise that human wisdom is a gift few possess to any great degree. In Psalm 119, belief in God's word precedes wisdom, and it appears that "good judgment and knowledge" are not so much a sign of belief as a result of faith.

The New Testament Letter of James appears to create a golden chain when it indicates that actions taken in faith demonstrate wisdom and understanding on the part of the believer.

So let us arrange our thinking so that we understand wisdom as both an outgrowth of faith and evidence of lives lived for others. We have a tendency in Protestant Christianity to separate all these things. But it seems that the Bible would have us avoid such compartmentalization. Instead, we should make connections between all the different areas of our being. Wholeness is therefore attained through a life of faith, wisdom, and good works.

Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.
 James 3:13
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Grant me faith, Lord, that I may attain wisdom. And inspire me to loving actions that my may show forth your wisdom.
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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