However, there is a lot of wisdom in the words, “the beginning of wisdom is this: get wisdom.” I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of questions. I like to think. Often I get lost in thinking, just ask my wife. Unfortunately, for many people, thinking is not their first love. They would rather not think, but feel. They make decisions based on how certain aspects of life make them feel. The basic compass being if something makes me feel bad, avoid it. If something makes me feel good, pursue it.
This way of living life, by feelings, is common in the world, but it should not be common in the Church. The people of God are to be thinkers. In Luke 10:27 Jesus commands us to love God with all of our minds. In Romans 12:2 we are told to be transformed by the renewal of our minds. Ephesians 5:17 commands us “do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
Christians are to be pursuers of wisdom.
So how do we get wisdom? Simple, we must go to the Source of Wisdom. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God.” God is the source of all wisdom. However, this source can only be accessed through faith in His Son, Jesus. Romans 16:27 says, “to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ!” Without placing your trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, wisdom will never be within reach. You will spend your life groping in the darkness. Wisdom begins with Christ.
However, after initial faith in Christ, how do we continue to receive the wisdom of God? James 1:5 tells us that we must ask Him. But how does that work? Do we just ask and wait for something to pop into our heads? NO!!!!! Psalm 119:18 says, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” God’s wisdom is revealed to us through His Word. And His Word is sufficient to equip is in all we do. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:15-17).
Unfortunately, many Christians, when seeking wisdom from God, pray with the Bible closed. They feel a certain way, they pray about it, they keep feeling a certain way, and then they make a decision based on the feeling not going away. Not once do they look at the particular verse that addresses their situation. This is not how it should work within the Body of Christ. We must pray that God would open up our eyes to see God’s will in the light of His Word.
So many problems would be avoided, if God’s children would read the Bible before they changed homes, changed jobs, changed spouses, changed friends, changed churches, etc. You must not let your feelings navigate your life. If you do, you will make a shipwreck out of your faith and may end up taking others down with you.
The beginning of wisdom is this, get wisdom.