What Proverbs calls Wisdom is generally called the Word of God. The Word is also known as Truth. As we circle through the various words, we always return to God. All that is good comes from God; that which is not good comes from humans.
James describes the power of words, human words. Sadly, we use words for both good and evil, sometimes in the same breath. We do it because we want to be in control; we want to play at being God. We use God’s Wisdom when it suits us and revert to our own wisdom when it does not.
While Truth comes from God, our understanding of Truth is shaky. One minute I understand, the next it slips away. David’s Psalm contains an important image of the Word of God.
God’s glory is on tour in the skies,
God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.
Madame Day holds classes every morning,
Professor Night lectures each evening.
Their words aren’t heard,
their voices aren’t recorded,
But their silence fills the earth:
unspoken truth is spoken everywhere. MSG
We can hear the voice of God from so many sources that it can confuse us. At best, I can understand a tiny portion of the Word. As always, when in doubt, I must return to the example of Jesus. He is the human form of God. He is the example we must follow.
Yet, following Jesus is not so easy. In our human way, we too often misunderstand him. We are reluctant to follow him because his life was so hard. If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, he must give up all right to himself. Phillips
The life Jesus wants me to follow involves giving my hard earned wealth to people who are beneath me, inferior, un-washed, un-wanted. That life would make me unpopular. Being a Jesus freak would strip me of all the good things I have collected around me to insulate me from the very people Jesus wants me to help.
The Wisdom of God may demand more than I can give, but I can give some love and it should be enough to hurt a little. In the pain comes joy.
Be righteous and do good.