Wisdom… where does it come from?
I had just graduated from the Fire Academy after months of rigorous and sometimes overly repetitive training. We learned to do the same simple task in the dark, in the heat, in a smoke-filled room, and under stress, over and over and over. But the one bit of information that was tattooed into our brains was, “Watch your Captain and do what he does and what he tells you without hesitation because he has the experience and the wisdom.”
One of my first responses after training was a “possible gas leak” at a residence. As we got off the truck I began to follow my Captain to the back of the residence to investigate the issue, although there appeared to be no apparent emergency. He was several steps in front of me and as I turned the corner of the house I saw him running towards me. He was yelling something that I could not hear, but my Fire Academy training kicked in and I began to run also. The repetitive “Do what you see your Captain does” came to the forefront of my thoughts.
As we rounded the corner of the home and neared the street there was a deafening explosion that left us scattered across the front lawn along with the bricks that used to cover this home. It was indeed “a gas leak!” We came out unscathed because of his wisdom and my obedience to what I knew was true.
James 1:5 is a familiar verse that many of us can quote, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”
But, there’s always a “but,” isn’t there? Verse 6 says,”But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone…” In other words, know His voice and have faith in what you hear and see Him doing in your life and through the Word. Trust Him in the dark places, because when your faith is tested your endurance has a chance to grow. When the heat of trails arise it’s for your benefit. When you’re stressed, remember who it is that gives you wisdom. Let him teach you to “run with purpose in every step” (1 Corinthians 9:26.).
Wisdom, where does it come from? It comes from the Lord! Follow His lead; do what He does and what He says.
This Sunday, September 24, we’re kicking off a new series looking at the Book of James. Listen to these songs we’ll be singing together in service as you prepare for what God has to teach us through the Bible.