Growing In Faith
The promise of wisdom is that those who desire God’s truth can have it, but it requires giving up the world’s foolish mockery of the truth. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7, NIV) Those who have God’s wisdom will show it in how they live: “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” (James 3:13, NIV) Jesus calls us to be as wise and shrewd as serpents, but this wisdom is very unlike the world’s wisdom. Godly wisdom is innocent, gentle, reasonable, peace-loving, impartial, and sincere. It is full of mercy and willing to yield to others. It leads to godliness and peaceful relationships with others.
Why do we need God's wisdom? Why is worldly knowledge not enough? Our lives are the result of all the choices we make. It takes wisdom to ensure that our choices come together so that we end up at the narrow gate to eternal life, not the wide gate to eternal destruction. To find the path to the narrow gate, we need to seek wisdom and guidance from God. He will show us the way. "For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe. Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted.” (Proverbs 2:10-12, NLT) Wisdom guards our hearts and gives us peace. Chapter 2 in Proverbs tells us all the benefits of obtaining wisdom. In fact, Proverbs is a book of wisdom.
So, how exactly do you obtain Godly wisdom? It's not something we can Google or ask our smartphone for. To tap into God’s wisdom, we must first of all desire it and ask God for it. “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) To have knowledge is to have understanding or information about something. To have wisdom is to have the ability to apply knowledge to everyday life. It is by the reading and understanding of God’s Word that we obtain knowledge, and meditating upon that knowledge brings wisdom. We receive wisdom from God’s Spirit. The Holy Spirit communicates through our spirit and inner conscience. As we pray and quiet down to listen to Him, He will give us an “inner knowing” and plant insights into our minds.
To tap into God’s wisdom, we must diligently study God’s Word, meditate on the Word, pray for wisdom, seek it with all our hearts, and walk in the Spirit. God desires to give His wisdom to His children. We need to walk in God's wisdom and pray for understanding. Remember, God's wisdom is the key to living a godly life!