Yield Sign in My Heart by Jennifer Waddle

Yield Sign in My Heart
Jennifer Waddle
James 3:17

Something happened in my late thirties that woke me up from a deep slumber. For the first time in my life I saw the Yield Sign for what it truly was...not only a traffic signal, but a symbol for my walk with God.

It was an ordinary day, with nothing spectacular going on, yet God chose that day to speak through His Word to my stubborn, unyielding heart. They were words I had heard many times before. But on that day, He breathed new life into them and the familiar Yield Sign took on new meaning for me.

''But the 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 NKJV)

Out of the blue, God highlighted this verse for my life and I've never been the same. In it, I find the answer to difficult situations and problems with people. It describes the type of wisdom I should be seeking. It puts out any fire of self-righteousness or pride. And when I put it into practice, the outcome is amazing peace.

Oh, don't get me wrong. It's not easy. It isn't easy being peaceable when you feel the need to fight back. It isn't easy showing gentleness and mercy when you feel aggravated.

But God...our righteous God gives us this kind of wisdom. It is not of ourselves, but from above.

Let's take a look at James 3:13-16.

''Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not ascend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.''

Whew! Tough stuff, ladies.

This passage leads right up to our verse about heavenly wisdom and what it looks like. And I don't know about you, but I truly want the wisdom that comes from God alone.

Verse 13 says we show that we are wise by conduct done in meekness. What is meekness?

Don't we tend to see meekness as 'weakness?'

If you look up the word 'meekness,' there are a variety of things it means in our world today.

Gentle, serene, submissive and humble are a few of the more positive descriptions. But what about some of the other definitions?

Timid, embarrassed, hesitant...these are the world's view of what it means to be meek.

''For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound- mind.'' (2 Timothy 1:7)

''Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the Gospel according to the power of God, Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling...'' (2 Timothy 1:8-9)

Meekness is not timidity, fear or he ...

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