In this text, James is not talking about differences in wisdom between persons but rather differences in wisdom between those who love God and those who don’t. In fact, there is a type of “wisdom” that is the wisdom of demons!
Demons don’t love God; they hate him. And what is most wise in their minds is doing those things that oppose God. Demons love bitterness, jealousy, and selfishness—bitterness because it shows that we are not trusting God to deal with those things that make us angry, jealousy because it communicates to God that we are not thankful for what he has provided, and selfishness because it robs us of our joy in God and others.
So if you are not repenting of bitterness, jealousy, and selfishness, you are aligning yourself with demons, those who hate God. Thankfully it doesn’t have to be that way. There is a much better path to wisdom. It starts with repentance. Through it, we can see God and his truth revealed. Isn’t that great news? Jesus is the path to wisdom and everlasting life.
Read “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7–8
- According to this verse, do you think God would give wisdom if you asked him?
- Is there any bitterness in your life right now that you need to repent of?
- Is there any jealousy in your life right now that you need to repent of?
- Is there any selfishness in your life right now that you need to repent of?