Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | January 29, 2019

When Proving Right Is Overrated

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5 (NIV)

King Solomon is considered to be the wisest man to have ever lived. Simply because He prayed for wisdom (2Chron.1:8-10) and God answered. A fun fictional comic book fact: the superhero, Captain Marvel uses the acronym SHAZAM to change from Billy Batson to Captain Marvel. The “S” in SHAZAM represents Solomon because of his wisdom (Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, Mercury = SHAZAM.)

Because of James 1:5, years ago, I started praying for wisdom…in no particular area just pure wisdom. I can testify, God answered that prayer at times leaving me humbled knowing it’s certainly not me, but without a doubt God.

I love learning and there is a lot to grasp and gain just by everyday living. I thrive on knowledge in any capacity. However, I’ve found it’s best sometimes to keep my “knowledge” to myself and my mouth fastened…especially if it really doesn’t matter; and to be “right” is on my agenda. A self-righteous spirit of always having to be right is unloving. All through Matthew chapter 23, verse after verse, Jesus is very stern and unsparing towards the Pharisees. Jesus calls the Pharisees out on all their cowardly and dastardly deeds. They meticulously followed a long lists of religious rules and regulations at being “right.” However, Jesus pointed out their self-righteous, unloving spirit. In other words, it’s OK to be right, but don’t do it wrong.

Knowledge is power, helpful and a necessity. However, always having to be right is the wrong heart attitude. Especially if being right is argumentative and makes someone feel inferior. I would rather be quiet and understanding showing the love of Christ than be right and uncaring acting like a Pharisee.

“Father, we thank You for answered prayers of knowledge and understanding. May we use Your generous gifts as good deeds never finding fault with our brothers and sisters in Christ. First, having a right heart attitude…even if that means our wisdom has to come in second.”

For His Glory

Kim Lacey Schock (
TRBC Women’s Life

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