James 3:15-18 Voice; The wisdom of this world should never be mistaken for heavenly wisdom; it originates below in the earthly realms, with the demons. Any place where you find jealousy and selfish ambition, you will discover chaos and evil thriving under its rule. Heavenly wisdom centers on purity, peace, gentleness, deference, mercy, and other good fruits untainted by hypocrisy. The seed that flowers into righteousness will always be planted in peace by those who embrace peace.
Well said, brother James! I constantly hear people comment on debates and speeches given by every Joe and Jane in the political arena. “Oh, they’re so wise!” or “I think they could actually pull us out of the mess we’re in!” comes floating into my office as the gym members comment on what they heard. But this passage says that the wisdom of this world should never be mistaken for heavenly wisdom. I’d much rather see a humble man or woman who looks to God for answers, ask ‘we the people’ to pray and seek Gods face, then one who boldly stands and says, “I can change this!” Without God and Godly wisdom, nothing will ever change.
When asked, “Who are you voting for?” Your response should be, “I’m looking for leadership based on purity, peace, gentleness, deference, mercy and other good fruits untainted by hypocrisy.” If you’re looking for a man or woman to fix the mess America is in, you’re looking in vain. Only God and a hunger for Him will save America. Only repentance, humble hearts and a sincere desire for His ways will change America. When men and women stop shouting out their displeasure and get on their knees to cry out for God’s mercy, than you’ll see change.
Father, I never talk about politics or get into debates, but I know I have a responsibility to pray, to seek Your face and turn from my own wicked ways. I know that I’m to ask forgiveness for abortions, the sacrifice of the unborn whose blood runs into the soil of our land. I am to pray for our leaders, husbands, fathers, mayors, governors, elected officials as well as the president and his family. Help me to be faithful to pray as You taught me to. I know that You will show me who to vote for and who You want to lead this great nation of ours. I thank You for wisdom that comes from You. I ask that today, I would walk in that wisdom in everything I do and say. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen