“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” James 3:13
This is another great verse. I love that it says that humility comes from wisdom. Those aren’t two character traits that we often associate with one another. Generally, when we think of wisdom, we think of well-read, well-educated people who have a lot of life experience who like to stand up and teach the masses. But this verse says that the wise and understanding person will focus on simple good deeds done in humility. That’s pretty astounding actually. Usually the person doing simple good deeds that often go unnoticed isn’t the wise and understanding person. It’s usually those with generous willing hearts that do the jobs that no one else wants to do. But this Bible verse and other verses like it say that the humility to do the simple, menial tasks that no one else wants to do is actually a mark of wisdom.
But if you really stop to think about it, we probably all can think of someone who was didn’t always think of their own needs but was always giving a helping hand to someone else. People like that are often the most content, and when you’re around them, they make you want to be more content with your life as well. I can see how that would be called real wisdom. Wisdom, after all, is just the knowledge of how to live one’s life well. Those who are the most content and doing the most good, could probably be said to have gained the most wisdom. That’s why I love the Bible verse in James. Humility and simple good deeds come from wisdom. That’s the kind of wisdom and humility that I want to have in my own life. I hope you do too.