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Wisdom Needed? (3 of 22)
Series: Behave Yourself
The kind of world you and I are living in, and the nature of the problems that we face on a daily basis, makes it necessary for us to have some wisdom. We need the wisdom of God.
Someone said, "If you can keep your head while all else around you are losing theirs, it's a pretty good sign you don't understand the situation."
We need the wisdom of God. There is a lot of knowledge in our day. We are experiencing an information explosion. We have mountains of data. There is a lot of knowledge but very little wisdom.
There's a lot of education. People are more educated today than they have ever been. In fact, someone said that a lot of people are educated beyond their intelligence. I've met a few people like that! We have a lot of education, but there is not a lot of wisdom. We need wisdom.
I want to talk to you about wisdom, and I'm going to do it on the basis of this man James who is the half brother of our Lord. You have to keep in mind that James is a Jew, and he is steeped in the Old Testament wisdom literature.
There are three books in the Bible I try to read on a constant basis for my own personal needs. I try to read the book of Acts on a regular basis because I need the power of God in my life, and I learn about that power in the book of Acts. I try to read a lot from the book of Psalms constantly in my life because there we find the sweetness of the Lord in praise, and I need the sweetness of the Lord in my life. But another book I read constantly is the book of Proverbs because it is God's book of wisdom, and I need the wisdom of God in my life.
As you read these words of James, it sounds a great deal like the book of Proverbs. You will notice that he closes the fourth verse of the chapter by saying, "That ye may be perfect and entire, lacking nothing," which literally means, deficient in or lacking nothing. Then he picks up in verse 5 wit ...
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