It's Time to Wise Up!
The generation is which we live is the most prolific of all generations. We have more college graduates today than ever before. Yet, while many achieve their bachelor's degree, in our competitive job market, today, that is not enough. One must have at least have a master's degree, to land a "good job." Knowledge is exploding.We travel farther and fly higher than any previous generation in history. We accumulate data as never before. The computer age is advancing at almost the speed of light. Yet, while knowledge is increasing, wisdom is decreasing. Many lives are in shambles. Suicide rates are higher than ever before. Morals are at a record low. Divorce claims half of those who are married. While we possess great knowledge, we must admit that we are missing one very important ingredient: WISDOM!!
Einstein: "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has it's limits."
Sandra Carey: "Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the other helps you make a life!"
It seems as if James is speaking directly to us, not only as a generation, but as a congregation. He's addressing the area of spiritual wisdom, putting it to us rather plain, thus informing us that "IT'S TIME TO WISE UP!" We might ask how can we do this, James says in order to do this:
I. WE MUST CALCULATE OUR RESOURCE (v. 5)
In this one verse, James shows us the vastness of our resource by showing us:
A. OUR DEFICIENCY "If any of you lack wisdom.."
LACK(lit.): "to be wanting, or deficient"
1. James beautifully ties this is in with the closing thought of the previous section(vv. 2-4), by the use of similar words. In v. 4, he expressed his desire for us to be "entire, wanting nothing". Now, he ties it together with the opening of v. 5, "If any of you lack wisdom".
2. It appears that he is assuming that there is a deficiency, on our part, for wisdom. Therefore, to get a better ...
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