Talking and Walking are Two different Things

One of the wisest things ever said by king Ahab was, ‘Let not the one who puts on his armor boast like the one who takes it off.’ (1 Kings 20:11)

Joining in the good fight of faith is admirable, but finishing it is what brings the reward (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

Some fight in longer battles than others. Some put in more years of service. Some take upon themselves more responsibility. Some do better at recruiting others. Some do better at staying focused. Some are better at talking than walking because it seems as if that’s all they know how to do!

There are those who are very apt to criticize the actions of elders, deacons, preachers, Bible class teachers and the all around great working members of the body who are trying to get the work of the Lord done by through various activities and works. I find it strange that, more often than not, these people are also very apt to do nothing themselves before they criticize, in the middle of their criticism and when their criticism is done. They believe they can do things better than the way it’s being done. They have never taken on the responsibility but yet they feel responsible to tell another how it is or isn’t to be done. That’s a talker and not a walker!

In the context of 1 Kings 20 the king of Israel said what he had said because he cared about the things that were being threatened by the boastful leaders of Syria, but at the same time Ahab actually got up to fight. He didn’t just sit down and do nothing, he got to work and even more so after a reassuring word came from the Lord. He rallied the people and fought with a purpose. That day it was the Syrians who found out that talking and walking are two different things. It was the Syrians who found out that talking alone actually leads to running away!

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:26)

 

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Wisdom Acts This Way

When Solomon was asked what he would like from God his reply was “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad…” (1 Kings 3:9).

An understanding heart is exactly what God gave him (1 Kings 4:29) along with great riches and honor. However, as Solomon got older he seemingly forgot that wisdom and succumbed to the idolatry of his many wives (1 Kings 11:4).

What happened to a man that had greater wisdom that anyone that had ever lived? Perhaps he forgot the way that wisdom is supposed to act. As he grew older, did Solomon even remember that such wisdom as he had demanded a certain way of life?

James wrote that wisdom behaves a certain way. Those that have wisdom, James writes, will “show by his good life his works in meekness of wisdom” (3:13). Wisdom knows better than to parade itself through the roads of society. It does not ask “Why me?” but rather “Why not me?” Wisdom is the understanding that to humble oneself before God will cause Him to “lift you up” (James 4:10).

In Christ, Steve Preston

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Wisdom is …

Wisdom is the art of seeing connections between thoughts and words, between words and actions, between actions and consequences.

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