The Wisdom from Above – Bible heroes

There is so much wisdom to be gleaned from God’s Word. So many stories in the Bible to learn from. I desire to be more like those who are to be admired in His Word, and less like those who are not. It is a daily struggle where sometimes I lean on Him a little better. These stories came to mind when I was reflecting today on how I’m not seeing as many of the good examples of these as I would wish for, and likely there are those who may feel the same about me.

I’ve been told by a few that they don’t feel I’m setting the example they feel I should (more than once). I’ve been called a racist and told to be quiet. I’ve even been informed I serve a different God than they do (this may be true considering some of the gospels I’ve seen them share). Regardless of the hurt in those types of comments, knowing in myself those things are not true — I can always learn, even from my enemy at times. More importantly I can trust the wisdom I can garner from His Word, if I will apply myself (Pr 22:17-21). So, I pray the Lord would raise up more of faith, more like some of the examples we see in His Word. 

I have linked each story to the Bible reference in the hopes some might make this more of a time in His Word than listening to any of mine.

There is much wisdom in the prophets, one from Isaiah speaks to me constantly as I watch the world and even some believers excuse evil for any reason.

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20

I am praying for our country and for our President. I am praying for those he has set into positions of leadership for reforming certain areas that we are seeing obvious wrongs and weaknesses in. Praying for even the looters and rioters which He also gave Himself for. But I’m not wanting to spend much time on that today, more than to say I desire for more to be in prayer and in His Word, the very best way to answer the enemy of men. The best way to have an abundant life.


Many are discouraged from all walks of life in light of all the turmoil around us. There is hope. Let’s look to the Word, which gives us comfort and hope in these times (Rom 15:4), and also to God who gave that Word ahead of time so we can be encouraged. All these people I’m going to mention are people just like us. People who said, ‘I can’t do it’. Men who sinned grievously at times. Humans like us, with weak faith, great failures, but a God who still restored them, guided them and loved them with a great love.

May the Lord rise up more like the prophet Daniel. As a young man he was faithful to God, brave, not speaking evil of leaders, yet standing up in love and praying for those in power (vs. tearing them down all over the place and blaming him for everything). Gathering others to pray and beseech those in power (yes, even the wicked like Nebuchadnezzar). Yet he also called out evil. Speaking in wisdom and praying for Neb not to do the wickedness he had set out to do (more than once).

BUT IF NOT — the fiery furnace

May we see more Shadrach, Meshach’s and Abed-nego’s (Daniel 3). Refusing to bow down to anyone but God, no matter what horror we are faced with, we can remember the powerful words from the movie Dunkirk — ‘but if not’, which are taken from Daniel 3:17-18.

(Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego)  

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

So be encouraged — our God is more than able to deliver us. The god of this age is keeping people blinded, lest the light of the glorious gospel should shine on them (2 Cor 4).

May we be more like Abraham. Simply believing God for His Word, and that belief unto righteousness, yet moving forward in action to where He wants us to go. In obedience, prayerfully seeing far more children of promise.

In light of mocking, hatred and great sin we see in these perilous times, consider Noah. Continuing in perseverance to build what God has asked us to do in spite of ridicule, hatred and extreme darkness. But looking forward in great hope to the near future of His second coming. Remembering how the wicked will perish — He does not want that. Like Jude said, let us have compassion on some, making a distinction or difference. Pulling them from the fire, yet hating the stench of their garment of violence/sin (Jude 22-23) Fleeing wickedness like Lot, when we have instruction to do so from the Lord – but don’t look back (Gen 19).


May the Lord rise up more Esther’s at this time (Esther 1-9). Both men and women willing to seek wisdom from God, in such a time as this. Eyes and ears open to what is going on around us. Being wise and thoughtful in their speech, desiring God’s will in all things, walking worthy of Him.

May we pray for (in faith) and grow in wisdom like Solomon (1 Kings 3:16–28). Being fair in justice, listening to both sides first before judging. Learning from Solomon’s weaknesses, not slacking in our flesh, letting any of our lusts and the sins that so easily beset us, lead us into error.


May more of us be like David. Courageous in faith while facing giants. Having a heart for God, yet a Man of War (1 Sam 16:18-19), as the Bible says God is also, after defeating the Egyptians by the parting and swallowing up of the Red Sea.

The Lord is a man of war: the Lord is his name. (Ex 15:3)

Being humbled in order to recognize our failures, getting back up again with God’s help.


May some of us be silently supportive and loving like Jonathan (a good example of 1 Cor 13). Not seeking the limelight, not demanding his own way or rights to the throne, but literally sacrificing himself for love of God and his friend. John 15:13 shows us the ultimate great love.

Re-read the story of the Good Samaritan, and ask the Lord to help you do and be like him — love others as ourselves (Luke 10:25-37). Demonstrating love, pity, compassion, and gentleness towards others who need our help. As well as standing up for things that will hurt our neighbors (bad laws, leaders, etc.).

I pray people will rise up to follow in similar footsteps to Moses (Ex, Num, Deut). Being the leaders we need, even with frailties. Trusting in God even in the face of grumbling, ungrateful and very sinful people. Leaning on God’s strength versus anything we can offer.

Lord grant us more young men like Joshua and Caleb (Josh 3). Willing to go into scary territory, even in light of frightening true reports of giant men. Choosing instead to believe and obey God and enter the Promised Land. Doing it God’s way when trying to pull down strongholds like Jericho (Josh 5:13-6:27). It may have seemed foolish, but we trust in God instead of our own strength. They leaned wholly on Him.

May men and women alike become more like Boaz, Ruth and Naomi (Ruth 1-4). Having love and compassion for the Naomi’s and Ruth’s in need that the Lord brings into our lives. Or faith and trust like Ruth in difficult times of loss and need. Letting those in need glean the best part of our fields. A picture of compassion, love, and acting wisely in redemption (reminds me of Col 4:5-6).

In today’s climate I pray for far more Joseph’s (Gen 37-45). Mistreated, hated, lied about by his own family — some seeking his death. But he took what the enemy meant for harm, and let God use it for good in his life. A beautiful example of doing good to others that have wronged you, forgiveness in light of hatred. Success born out of adversity. Think on it, some were brothers from another mother as we all are. We are all from one blood.

May we act accordingly if we’ve been a Zacchaeus in our own life (Luke 19:1-10). We are responsible for our own sins and injustices to others. So may we seek Jesus in understanding His forgiveness for our past. Maybe we may need to consider restoring others that we may have wronged.

And of course, may we strive to emulate our Lord Jesus Christ in our speech and behavior. Showing love and tender mercy towards others, while still calling evil evil. Be pleasing first to the Father (Mk 1:9-12). Answering the accuser of the brethren properly using Scripture as He did in the Wilderness (Luke 4:1-13). Be healing to others with our words, speaking to those we may have previously thought of as Samaritans. Calming storms, and having faith in Jesus during them (Matt 8:23-27).


The most important — Help others find their sight to see (Jn 9), in essence raising others from the dead (John 11:1-44). May we wash the feet of others (John 13:1-17). If we are a prodigal, then return to your Father (Lk 15:13-32).

To those who think they’ve done good all their — lives — think again. No one is good enough, we have all sinned, all of us, so it is impossible for us to save ourselves (Mk 10:17-27). And even one lie is a sin against a perfect, eternal God. It will cause eternal death, unless you believe in His work on the cross for you, in order to be saved (1 Cor 15:3-4; John 5:24-25; 6:47). You can give up all you have and it will avail you nothing — but with men, things are impossible, with God, all things are possible.

Believers, don’t deny Jesus like Peter and His disciples, either in word or in deed (Lk 22:54-62). Remember what Jesus did in His resurrection. He died for all men in great love, and those who believe again, will rise again one day to eternal life with Him. Best way for us to better accomplish good once we are saved, is through His Spirit. We cannot finish in our flesh (Gal 3:1-3). We need to continue in His Word, have our minds renewed by it, taking heed to it to be cleansed, hiding it in our hearts as to not sin against Him (John 8:30-31; Rom 12:2; Ps 119:9-11).

And we can all do that by choosing to be more like Mary rather than Martha (Lk 10:38-42). We are far too busy and distracted many times with what is going on around us — even in serving. We need time with Him, and time hearing His Word. Spend some time talking to the Lord and choosing that good part, which will never be taken from you. Taste and see that the Lord is good (Ps 34:8). Ask for Him to restore the joy of your salvation (Ps 51:12). Again, continue in His Word (John 8:31-32) if you are really to be disciples.

We can’t feed others, until we are fed first (Is 55:10-11). Kind of like the oxygen masks on a plane. They tell you to put yours own before helping another. The theory is that you won’t pass out before a young one can’t do it themselves thereby you all falling into unconsciousness. 

Pray without ceasing for the church, for all men (1 Thess 5:17; 2 Tim 1:1-6). Remember the two greatest commandments and ask Him to help you to love Him more, and to learn to love others as yourselves. Lastly, when you’re dealing with others, try to remember the wisdom that is from above from James 3.

All of us have offended in word. Our tongues can kindle a great fire and defile us and others, only God can tame it. Don’t let blessing and cursing come out of your mouth.

Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. (vs. 13-18)

Love in Christ <3

5 Responses to “The Wisdom from Above – Bible heroes

  • Amen!

  • Another great post, Holly. I love those final verses in James 3. I would love to reblog this on my websites.

    I’m sorry that you have been called racist by others who have no idea of the blindness they have. Try not to let them get you down. I see your efforts, and our Great King sees your efforts. I completely see that these protests are rebellion against God, as they are causing others to rebel against authority during an already difficult time with the pandemic, and it is certainly a trying time for us all. Speaking against this rebellion is being an effective witness and disciple in a heavily deceived and apostate world.

    I sometimes comment on my partner’s posts, as he has a lot of unbelieving friends who mock God, and I think he is embarrassed by my giving the gospel of our salvation, as he thinks he is doing a good job. However, he doesn’t mention sin, nor hell, as I don’t think he wants to offend, and to give a message of something more akin to universalism is not pleasing to God, so I feel a little sad when he shuns me. However, his friends can’t make their excuses when they stand before God. I hope he will be their Father in Heaven, and not their judge.

    • Helen, of course you can repost it. May it encourage some. The unbelieving world we know is in rebellion against God. I know you meant the unlawful acts happening during the protests and I agree. The violence, the theft, the destruction, the murders, 600 police officers injured already. I pray that people will see it’s good to speak about all injustice including prejudice. And it’s a problem rooted in sin. Legislation can help along with law and justice to keep order. But many of these aren’t committing the acts they are in a just way. They are taking vengeance, and that will never help. Hurting innocents of any groups of people, whether police, minorities, small business owners or individuals goes against anything we know to be righteous or just. Looking forward to His soon coming. Love in Christ.

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