James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. [ESV]
GK Chesterton said “A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed.” I don’t know if he had meekness in mind when he penned that sentence but it seems like the reality that explains the “meekness of wisdom.” My heart longs for absolutes based on God’s Word but I am not immune to the paradox Chesterton referenced. My absolutes are just that – “my” absolutes. They comfort me in a world of division, and hostility where even another believer’s faith can feel like a weapon of attack unless I agree with their absolutes. That’s when the “meekness of wisdom” reminds me “the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”
I’ve learned a lot over 40+ years as a believer in Jesus Christ but my faith is still just a small glimpse into the mind of God. That glimpse has only become faith because of my confidence in Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I don’t know it all, but the grace of Jesus has made certain that what I don’t know will not separate me from the Sovereign God who really does. Some may doubt everything else I know but I have no doubt about that at all!
Remember Matthew 5:5? “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” The “meekness of wisdom” for today might read ‘Blessed are those who don’t know it all but know the one who does, for the promises of their inheritance begin right here where they live now. Absolutely!’