Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, February 17th, 2012
Intellectual Snobs
Do not boast... This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.
James 3:14:15 (NKJV)
Your wisdom and your knowledge have warped you; And you have said in your heart, 'I am, and there is no one else besides me.'
Isaiah 47:10 (NKJV)
I hate bigotry. I used to think I was beyond this obvious character flaw, but I was wrong. My prejudice was not by skin color, money, or social circumstance, but by intellect, preferring those I deemed to be bright or quick-witted. I was an intellectual snob: 'Proud, knowing nothing... obsessed with disputes and arguments over words' (1 Timothy 6:4).

'I said, 'I will be wise,' but it was far from me' (Ecclesiastes 7:23). Why? Because 'The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God' (1 Corinthians 3:19).

Satan was brilliant: 'The seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty' (Ezekiel 28:12). But God said to him, 'Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom' (v.17). Consequently, he was cast down.

The conclusion? Wisdom without God is corrupted wisdom, and those therein infected suffer swollen heads. Even worse, they're contagious.

On the other hand, 'Wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy' (James 3:17).

The Lord says the wisest man to live before Jesus was Solomon (see 1 Kings 3:12), 'And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore' (1 Kings 4:29). Note the largeness of heart balancing the largeness of wisdom.

Here's the lesson for God's performers: actors and agents are smart. Intelligence is a common denominator in the entertainment industry, as much as any university campus. But don't let show-off smarts or talents mislead you. Don't get snobby.

Don't become an arrogant artist looking down on others who don't memorize as easily, don't 'get it' as quickly, book less frequently, or have 'unglamorous' careers. Stay humble. Stay thankful.

Don't feel smart? 'If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him' (James 1:5). Once received, use God's wisdom as a growing light for the fruit of the Holy Spirit within your life. Use wisdom to help others.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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