True Wisdom – James 3:13-18
27. True Wisdom submits to God’s will.
James 4:6-8; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-13
Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” (Matthew 26:42)
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4:6-7)
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)
Study it Out
- How can we know God’s will according to Romans 12? Does this refer to a feeling? Where do we find objective truth and life-guiding principles? (Click here for a short Scripture list of God’s specified will from His Word.)
- How does Christ’s submission to the Father both provide comfort and help to us as we seek to submit to God through His Word? According to Romans 8 and Hebrews 12, why can we fully trust God?
- What are simple acts of obedience that are easy to ignore? How do little acts of obedience add up over time to direct the course of your life?