“But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 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 3:14-17
The internet has provided common people with the platform to provide their perspective and advice. I imagine I would not be writing this if I was not allowed the same platform and space. We are bombarded by television, social media ads, and billboards that offer “life changing” advice. It is hard to know who to listen to and at others times it is easy to decipher which way you should go. My dad always taught me to never take advice from someone who was not successful in the area in which they were giving advice.
Many years back, one of my cousins started to sell some financial packages and benefits and invited himself to come over to my house to sell them to me. I respected my cousin greatly as he has served in the military at one of the highest levels and was a “man’s man”. I was not sure how savvy he was in the financial arena, but I thought I should at least hear him out. He was offering financial advice and providing me information on money market accounts and life insurance, wanting me to sign up with his organization.
I signed up for a few products, but then began to notice some things about my cousin. He was not financially successful and to be honest, he struggled to make ends meet. He knew the products he was selling, but did not believe in them enough to make himself successful. In the weeks that followed, I met with someone higher than him and readjusted some of my financial decisions. It was nothing personal against my cousin, but it was clear to me that I needed to seek another opinion on where my money was going. I soon realized it was important to whom I was listening and to what advice I was following.
The advice of this world can be seen in two different lights. Is the advice you are given coming from a godly perspective, or is it of the world which is sensual and devilish? It matters to whom you are listening, and it is important to choose your friends and advice wisely. There are many who have had chosen poorly and ruined their lives because they listened to the wrong person.
God’s wisdom is not like the world’s, but it is pure, gentle, and easy to be intreated. It does not contradict itself and it does not bring about envying and strife. God’s wisdom is full of mercy and good fruits and is applicable in every situation. Are you listening to the wisdom that is earthly and devilish, or are you listening to that which is from above? To whom are you listening today? Whose advice are you seeking out today? May we seek the wisdom that is from above, and may we fully apply it to our lives.