Humility and Wisdom

How do you display wisdom? Do you display it through your decisions and choices? Do you display it in the way you live? Do you consider humility to be a portion of your wisdom? Does humility come as a result of wisdom? Would others consider you humble and wise?

I venture to guess that most of us do not associate humility and wisdom together. We likely think of someone who is wise as being knowledgeable, smart, and a person who makes good decisions. On the other hand, we may think of a humble person as someone who is quiet and unassuming.

Not that our view is completely wrong, but it is incomplete. Wise people are knowledgeable and make good decisions. They also spend time listening and thinking. They will consider as many angles as practical before making a decision. They weigh the pros and cons of a choice. Once they determine what they believe is the best choice, they decide and execute.

A humble person may be quiet and unassuming, but they are also someone who relies on God to guide them. They may occasionally speak voraciously or release righteous anger. After all, Jesus was considered humble, yet He turned over the tables of the money changers in the temple. Being humble in the eyes of God means to lean on him and follow his guidance. It means praying continually.

James tells us that we show our humility and wisdom by the life we live. We live a good life, performing good deeds, not bragging about them, but letting them be seen for what they are. By the life we live, we demonstrate our wisdom and depending on God. We bring glory to him through our actions and behavior.

I pray we all grow in wisdom. I pray we are humble, depending on God in all situations. I pray each one of us strive to pray continually and live a good life that brings glory to God. Grow in knowledge. Grow in wisdom. Pray continually. Be humble. Let your actions speak. Show humility and wisdom in your behavior.

James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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