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Willing to Yield

James 3    Jeremiah 25-26    Psalm 131

“The wisdom from above is . . .” (James 3:17). Pure. Peaceable. Gentle. Willing to yield . . . Pause, if you will, and reflect upon this fourth characteristic of godly wisdom. God’s wisdom is “willing to yield.” The phrase calls to mind Paul’s description of love as patient, kind, not arrogant, and not insisting on its own way (1 Corinthians 13:4,5). And it is on display in today’s readings, in both the attitude of the psalmist, whose “eyes are not raised too high” (Psalm 131:1), and the ministry of Jeremiah who, for twenty-three years, has spoken “persistently” to a people who “have not listened” (Jeremiah 25:3-7). And then there is the example of the Lord . . .

“Do not hold back a word . . . that I may change my mind” (Jeremiah 26:2,3). After twenty-three years of warnings . . . After “persistently” sending “all his servants the prophets” (25:4) for decades . . . God is still open to reversing course, if they will but listen and “turn from their evil way.” God’s wisdom is willing to yield. What a contrast to that which is labeled “wisdom” among us! Stubborn refusal to change course. Proud declarations of the refusal to yield. Loud boasts about no changing of the mind for fear of appearing weak or indecisive . . . And God, after all of the descriptions of the coming disaster, is willing to call it all off. The wisdom from above is . . .

“Willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits” (James 3:17), “without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.” See it in Jeremiah; see it in God. And it is wisdom why? Because the goal is not simply to say, “I told you so,” but to bring about “a harvest of righteousness” which is “sown in peace” (v.18). True wisdom, it seems, finds more value in redeeming folks than in simply being proven “right.” Well. How is such wisdom being manifest in your life and mine? Might God be calling us to a new willingness to yield? May we be open to God’s wisdom. May we calm and quiet our souls enough to listen in trust. And may we make peace. Amen.

“Lord, my heart is not proud;
I don’t look down on others.
I don’t do great things,
and I can’t do miracles.
But I am calm and quiet,
like a baby with its mother.
I am at peace, like a baby with its mother.”
— Psalm 131:1,2 (NCV)

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