Class 38: “With All Thy Getting, Get Wisdom and Understanding” (Part 3)
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 John Wooden. He said, “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”
Let’s begin by reading the portion from Letters to Young Black Men which our lesson is based on:
The glorious wisdom that God gives will open your eyes to so many things that you cannot see right now. The wisdom of God will give you the ability to see things that the average person does not see. Having the wisdom of God will also definitely give you an advantage — a great advantage in this life. So I urge you to ask God for wisdom to guide you throughout your life, and, friend, He will do it for you.
In closing this letter, let me also say that if you want to be wise, it is wise to walk or hang with wise men. King Solomon said:
Proverbs 13:20 says, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
Now, please pull out your printed study guide or your digital study guide as we begin this lesson.
Asking God for wisdom is certainly the key to its attainment. The following verses give some insight into how to appropriately approach the throne of grace when requesting such understanding.
Read these passages and note what they add to the other benefits we have discussed that come from wisdom.
1. Proverbs 1:7: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Once again, a healthy reverence for God Almighty is absolutely essential in the attainment of wisdom. I do not want to be redundant on this point, but it is so crucial to all other aspects of the Christian life that I feel its discussion cannot be overstated.
2. Proverbs 2:1-5: “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.”
These verses list several steps that accompany the realization of Godly knowledge. First, the one who desires wisdom must know the Word of the Lord and believe it. This clearly requires a commitment to diligently read the Bible, memorize as much Scripture as possible, and actually apply it to your life. Also, the process of attaining wisdom is the result of much striving. You do not wake up one morning and all of a sudden possess understanding. Rather, you discipline yourself daily to set your eyes on the things of Christ. Then, you will gradually become more and more like Him, and thus, be considered worthy of receiving the secrets of the kingdom. (Answers may vary.)
3. Proverbs 8:17: “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”
Wisdom must follow a love of the Lord and a life that intentionally seeks after understanding. To be wise is to know the ways of Christ, love the ways of Christ, and ultimately follow in the ways of Christ.
4. Proverbs 11:2: “When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.”
Wisdom is always accompanied by humility. Such understanding is truly a gift from God, and He is not about to give to those who only seek after self-betterment. God saves the secrets of the kingdom for the believers who have proven themselves capable of possessing so great a truth without becoming self-righteous or arrogant.
When asking God for wisdom, be assured that He knows your heart. If you desire to be wise in order to stand apart from your peers and, thus, receive personal attention than you are wasting your time and energy. He will not honor your request. However, if you truly desire wisdom so that you may be a more useful servant of Jesus Christ, have faith that He will honor such a humble petition.
5. Matthew 7:24: “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock.”
Wisdom is for those who not only know God’s Word but actually put it into practice. Do not expect extra-biblical wisdom from the Lord if you are not making every attempt to put the all-accessible biblical truths into action.
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.