January 7, 2018
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
You must not be partial in judging: hear out the small and the great alike; you shall not be intimidated by anyone, for the judgment is God’s. Any case that is too hard for you, bring to me, and I will hear it.”
The wisdom of God, when working in us, is always “without partiality.” (James 3:17)
You see, while God has favoured each of us and while He responds to the person who is
operating in faith, He is not a “respecter of persons.” (Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; James
2:1-4). And neither should we be a respecter of persons!
When the wisdom of God is evident in our lives “good fruits” are readily seen. (James
3:17). Listening to the small as well as the great, paying attention to the awkward as well
as the graceful, bending down to speak with a child while adults clamour for your
attention – these are “good fruits.”
The wisdom of God is free of hypocrisy. (James 3:17) The man who stands before God
is fearless in the face of mere man. The mind of God allows us to see men as they truly
are in character, in frailty, and in need.
It is obvious then isn’t it… our need of God’s wisdom? “If any of you lacks wisdom, let
him ask of God…” (James 1:5)