Wisdom for Each Day

I need to hear this again.

I’m still surprised some days at how practical God is as he speaks to me from his Word.  Yes, there are many complicated topics in the Bible and, yes, there is a lot of violence especially in the Old Testament.

But God speaks out of all of it when I’m listening.  This is my 9th year reading through the entire Bible and I’m amazed at how obvious God is as he reaches out of the pages to touch my heart and transform my mind.

God stopped me here today.  I have memorized this chapter so these words are etched on my mind and heart and God is highlighting them for you and I –

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”  James 1:19

Wow!  I needed to hear this again.  It’s hard to listen – I have been working on this and God is saying I need to continue to work on it.  Got it!

It’s hard to be slow to speak – I’ve got an opinion about everything 🙂  God is telling me I have a ways to go on this one as well.  Got it!

Well, here’s one I don’t have a lot of issues with – anger.  I get frustrated but I have learned (most of the time) to keep my mouth shut during these situations.  It really helps when I consider whether I want to deal with the consequences of what I’m going to say before I say it.  Once it’s said, I can’t take it back.  I can say I’m sorry, but the unhelpful words are still out there – remembered and hurting.

This one verse holds so much wisdom for each day.

Being slow to speak will help me keep away from the temptation to say things I shouldn’t say.   It will give me more time to listen.

And, when I am frustrated, I need to do both – be quick to listen and slow to speak.  I want the words coming out of my mouth to be full of grace and wisdom.  That doesn’t happen when I’m frustrated.

Thank you for speaking to me on this verse again today, Abba Father.


Sword Fighting Class- Quick and Slow

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1 1 -9 If anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without fault and it will be given to him.  But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord, he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.”

The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.  James 1= 13-18But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, for he will pass away like the wildflower.  For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the plant; it’s blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed.  In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.”

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial because, when he has stood the test, he will receive the Crown of Life that God has promised to all who love him.”

“When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me’, for God cannot be tempted by evil nor does he tempt anyone.  But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin.  And sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”

“Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.  Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly light, who does not change like shifting shadows.  He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.”

Awesome!  We’re memorizing James 1 with God’s help and we’re doing great!  God is doing most of it at this point, right?  Because it’s a lot and no way would we be this far without the help of the Holy Spirit!

Here’s the next verse:

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”

It’s hard to listen – I need to get better at it.

It’s hard to be slow to speak – I need to get better at that, too.

Well, here’s one I don’t have a lot of issues with – anger.  One out of three 🙂

God is telling us that we should be all about listening to the word of truth.  Focused.  Committed.

Being slow to speak will help us keep away from the temptation to say things we shouldn’t say.  It will give us more time to listen.

And, when we are angry, we aren’t open to the truth.  We’re turned inward and only considering ourselves.  Not concerned about others.

Dear Father,  We ask for your help in being quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.  Please grow these qualities in us.