‘Let him show his works out of good conduct and with the meekness of wisdom.’ James 3:13
I’ve been enjoying studying the letter of James in the New Testament. His thoughts on wisdom are intriguing.
Here he talks about the meekness of wisdom. I take from this there are times it is wise to be meek when we would rather be the opposite! The meaning of meek is quiet, gentle, easy to be forced into doing something or making an unwelcome decision. This surely is the opposite of what most of us want. We would rather be in charge of our own lives.
‘The meekness of wisdom.’
We need wisdom to know when we should submit to a situation and when we shouldn’t. There are times when we can feel resentful about being forced into a corner or made to do something we don’t want to do. It brings an annoyance or irritation out in us when another rules over us and it’s even worse when we feel they are unaware of how much they are imposing on us. We just want to tell them! Sometimes these situations lead to further trouble when our anger rises and then like a damn we burst and say all manner of things we later regret. The meekness of wisdom is an essential quality in such situations.
Christ demonstrated the meekness of wisdom many times but we see it particularly in His death on the Cross. He knew that this unwelcome, painful, horrendous decision made by His enemies would lead to the salvation of billions of people.
Let us learn to follow His example. Demonstrate the meekness of wisdom today. Embrace your Cross when people unnecessarily impose on you or take you for granted. Take a deep breath and do the right thing for Jesus.
When there is no meekness in wisdom then:
‘...where envy and strife are, there is confusion and every evil work.’ (V16)
Choose Christ today. Live peaceably with all men in the meekness of His perfect wisdom.