“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17
Number four on our list of attributes of God’s wisdom is “easy to be intreated.” The NLT renders it as “willing to yield to others.”
Remember when we were children, how one person in our group would want to play a certain game or go to a certain place, and we decided that was not what we wanted to do. Often it would result in somebody leaving and doing their own thing, maybe not speaking to the others for a day or so. Then we would all be back together playing and having a good time. We learned that everything would not always go our way and we must yield to others at times.
I look back in my life as an adult and can see times when I acted like a child in this regard. I am sure when faced with those situations, that I forgot to talk to the Lord and ask Him for wisdom as to how to handle it. I am sure that His wisdom would be for me to give in to my desires and go along with what others wanted. I am not talking about compromising principles, or going against my convictions, but just being pliable in little things that really were not that important.
Does it really matter if we use blue lights for Christmas decorations or white? Will the world fall apart if the table decorations are not perfect? Who really cares if your daughter wears white shoes in the winter? These are just some examples of times when we need the wisdom to give in and go along with what someone else wants.
The subject we will look at tomorrow is Mercy and Good Fruits.
Prayer: Jesus, help me to listen to what others want, and be willing to submit to your wisdom, give up my ideas, and feel your peace.
Devotion by Anne Johnston