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James 3:13-18 Devotional – Day 1

By January 16, 2023Daily Devotional

ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness

God is Infinite
God is beyond measurement— we cannot define Him by size or amount. He has no beginning, no end, and no limits. 

Romans 11:33
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

Speak words of Praise to the God who is infinite.
Praise God because He cannot be confined. Praise God because He is everlasting. He has always been. He will always be. Praise God because He is limitless. He feels no exhaustion. He is without measure.

CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100

SUPPLICATION: Bringing our requests to God.

  • Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
  • Pray for Christian Challenge at River as they resume meeting this week for the Spring semester.

James 3:13-18 – New International Version
Two Kinds of Wisdom

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


Ask yourself this question, “Who is wise and understanding?” What people come to mind? Think about this in general terms, don’t just use your “devotional” mind. If you read or hear stories of really smart people, what, in your mind, makes them such? I know the question can be taken several ways because there are different kinds of intelligence. You can have smart math, or music, or art, or construction, or science people. There are different kinds of “smarts.” But now, think in terms of life from the view of both time and eternity…who really is the wise and understanding person? Clearly it is the person who lives for the glory of God and the good of others. It is the person James says demonstrates wisdom by a good life, by deeds done in the humility that flows from wisdom. It can be impressive to be brilliant in some human endeavor. We can, at times, feel like we would have liked to have been chosen by God to have exceptional talent or intellect. Hear this carefully…when all is said and done, what will matter is whether you lived your life in line with God’s will and ways. No one has more opportunity than you do to live that way. It is within your grasp to be wise and understanding. It is within your grasp, because God has made it so.

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