THIS WEEK'S DEVOTIONAL:
“But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places, who call out to the other children, and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.” Matthew 11:16-19
“Wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.” Other versions say, “Wisdom is justified by her children.”
The people Jesus addresses in this passage seem to be looking for excuses – looking to sit around and philosophize rather than act. True wisdom doesn’t just sit around giving out orders or giving out advice. True wisdom exists not by knowledge, but by what it does. The “children” of wisdom are the results its actions produce.
Maybe we should all be more intent in asking ourselves if our actions are really demonstrating true wisdom. And if we find they’re not, be assured:
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. James 1:5
What a blessing! Ask and you will receive!!
Pastor Lisa Bosworth