At the end of the book of Hosea, the author asked: “Who is wise?” We know from the Wisdom tradition of Israel, they regard wisdom as the discernment to make right decision, so that they can live in fruitful and prosperous lives. And who is “wise”? “The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them” It means those who walk in the ways of the LORD are wise. It is consistent to the main teaching in Proverbs.
We find an echo in James, chapter 3: “Who is wise and understanding among you?” James 3:13
“Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom”
Those who are in Christ are wise! They possess the Holy Spirit of Wisdom. These Wisdom is displayed in good characters: Pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. And in good deeds: in particular in maintaining peace. That is the theme continue from James chapter 3 to 4.
Wisdom is not just an intellectual quality, it is how to live! And this Wisdom yields all the good fruit!
“18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” 3:18
With the Holy Spirit of Wisdom and credited as righteous in Christ, let us live out this Wisdom from heaven and we will reap a harvest of righteousness.
September 22, 2017