“Acting The Fool” (James 1: 5, ESV) by Carley Evans


If you are uncertain in a circumstance, if you feel perhaps you are acting the fool; then ask God for wisdom. As you ask God for wisdom, believe He gives this wonderful gift to you “without reproach.”

If you ask with a lack of faith, you know you are “double-minded, unstable in all [your] ways.” (James 1: 8) You are not likely to receive the wisdom you think you seek, for you actually are not seeking God’s wisdom but your own.

If you are “a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind,” (James 1: 6) then you are liable to believe false prophets, wayward friends, evil alliances, and your own self-will over and above God’s wisdom to which you are not attune.

Harden not your heart, but listen:

“Wisdom cries out in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: ‘How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.” (Proverbs 1: 20 – 23)