God is Wisdom (Week Starting October 28, 2018)

Read this Scripture:
James 1:5 - Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.

James 3:17 - But the wisdom from above if first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy.

Read this Thought:
When we think of a wise person, we often think of someone who is older. Can you think of someone who is old (like maybe your grandparents)? People who have lived a long time, and have had lots of birthdays, usually have wisdom to offer those of us who are younger.

Even though people can become older and wiser, God is the only one who offers true and completely trustworthy wisdom. When we look to God’s word, we are reminded, “If any of us lacks wisdom, we should ask God, who gives to all generously” (James 1:5). What does the wisdom that God offers us look like?

If we look further on in James, we find the answer, “But the wisdom from above if first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy” (James 3:17). The wisdom that God offers us is wisdom to live like Jesus. All those things listed look exactly like the life of Christ (He was pure, peace-loving, gentle and all the rest).

Jesus came and lived a perfectly wise life to help us understand that we cannot be wise like Him, even if we really really try. Thankfully, when we give Him our lives He gives us His Holy Spirit to live inside us, to lead us, to true wisdom.

Do this Activity:
Grab a piece of paper and a pen. Work together to brainstorm and write down or illustrate all the things about Jesus’ life that show that He had wisdom.

Discuss this Question:
Why does God’s Wisdom and the worldly wisdom look different?

October Scripture Memory:
Jeremiah 9:24 - The one who boasts should boast in this, that he understands and knows Me — that I am Yahweh, showing faithful love, justice, and righteousness on the earth, for I delight in these things.