Class 37: “With All Thy Getting, Get Wisdom and Understanding” (Part 2)
Today, we are going to continue our study titled “With All Thy Getting, Get Wisdom and Understanding.”
As we begin this lesson, consider these words from Roy L. Smith. He said, “The world belongs to the man who is wise enough to change his mind in the presence of facts.”
Let’s begin by reading the portion from Letters to Young Black Men which our lesson is based on:
Probably, besides my letter titled “Get to Know Your Creator”, this short letter is the most important to your happiness, success, and advancement in this life.
Now very simply, here is the basic way to obtain true wisdom. But watch out: this is going to be so simple that you might miss it.
ASK GOD FOR IT!
That’s right. If you want true wisdom, you must simply ask God for it. You cannot work for wisdom; you cannot study and get wisdom; you cannot borrow wisdom; you cannot buy wisdom; and you cannot extract wisdom from other human beings. The only way to get true wisdom is by simply praying and asking God for it. It is a free gift of the grace of God, as is your soul’s salvation.
Now, please pull out your printed study guide or your digital study guide as we begin this lesson.
Let’s continue looking at how the Bible describes wisdom. Read the following verses and briefly note the characteristics of this very important trait.
1. Proverbs 9:10: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
You cannot even begin to attain wisdom until you have a healthy respect and reverence for God Almighty. The purpose of possessing wisdom is not to make you a better, deeper, more powerful person for your own good, but to do all these things so God can use you for His good. Thus, loving Him must precede any other attempt at self-betterment. We have already discussed the idea of fearing the Lord in lesson 12, so I suggest looking over those notes if you have forgotten its significance.
2. Proverbs 23:4: “Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.”
Wisdom demonstrates delayed gratification. The wise man is not adamant on attaining every single thing he wants when he wants it. Nor does he act on every emotion (whether that be extreme joy or rabid anger) the second it arises. He uses his head and responds with truth and love rather than selfish ambition or emotion.
3. James 3:17: This verse lists numerous characteristics which describe wisdom. If you gain God’s wisdom and put it to use in your life, you will begin to show these characteristics in your life. “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.”
Now, Just Do It.
Take a moment to combine all that we have done to this point and create your own definition of wisdom. It does not have to be fancy or sound like it is straight out of the dictionary. Rather, simply write a sentence or two describing what you have learned the term wisdom signifies:
A sample answer is as follows: “Wisdom begins with a healthy reverence for God Almighty which results in a life of purity, good decision making, self-control, and the willingness to set personal desires aside for the purposes of glorifying God. Wisdom offers its possessor life, protection, and the ability to interact with this fallen world in such a way that reflects the love of Jesus Christ. It cannot be bought, and, once obtained, is worth more than anything this world can offer.”
In closing, Tony Dungy, the first black coach to win the Super Bowl and the host of NBC’s Sunday Night Football said, “You are never going to get anywhere in sports or in life until you become convinced of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. You may become a professional athlete or have fame and nice cars and nice houses and a lot of money, but what you’ll find is that all of that stuff goes away pretty quickly. You have to understand that Christ died for our sins, and that He died not just to be our Savior but so that He could be the center of our lives.”
Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what the church people I grew up around said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.
First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.
If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, I’ll see you for our next class.