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A Moment of Grace with Dr. Brazier | September 3.2020

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.

“Elder Robert McGee Sr., Former Assistant Pastor at the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago, once told his Sunday school class: “The key to being wise is to do what God wants you to do, and then people will say you are wise.” We may think of wisdom as a verbal thing and seek out an exalted man who will give us the miraculous word that will solve all of our dilemmas. Or we, ourselves, might seek to be wise by having just the right thing to say. But James approaches it from another direction: Wisdom is reflected in actions. How wise can someone be if his actions are foolish? What we do matters more than what we say. This is a common theme in Scripture: Don’t say it; do it. “If you love Me, keep My commandments,” Jesus told His followers (John 14:15). When done in love and with wisdom, our actions say a lot to others. It is easy to speak words, but it is the action—the actual doing—that is the proof.

James also advises that we act in the meekness of wisdom. Meekness is not weakness; meekness is power under control. What a thought-provoking concept—that wisdom is power, but it is under our control. Knowledge is power as we have heard. Aah, this makes sense then: The wise have knowledge, and they know how to use and control that knowledge. Those who are wise use knowledge to accomplish the purposes of God. They put knowledge into action in a way that glorifies God. It is good for us to seek knowledge, but we must then ask the questions: “Lord, what do You want me to do with this knowledge?” and “How should I put this power You have given me into action?” As we learn and as we grow in our understanding, we must continually seek the will of God. Now, that’s wisdom in action.

Oh Lord, please bless me with discernment so that I may be a trustworthy guardian of Your truth. Give me understanding, and help me to know how to respond to ideas that may draw me or others away from Your wisdom.