Class 39: “With All Thy Getting, Get Wisdom and Understanding” (Part 4)
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:
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.”
Dear Y.B.M., even though it feels good and may look cool, please don’t hang with fools because if you do, you will eventually become a fool yourself. Pick out those guys who are wise and hang with them and be a wise guy yourself.
Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
A Word To The Wise,
Now, please pull out your printed study guide or your digital study guide as we begin this lesson.
If you want to be wise, it is wise to walk or hang with wise men. If you hang with fools, you will eventually become a fool yourself.
Read the following verse and note what it says about your choice in friends.
Proverbs 12:26 says, “The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.”
To be wise you must be aware of the things and people that tend to influence you. Whether you see it or not, the friends you spend the most time with will always affect the way you think, talk, and act. Thus, it is crucial that you are extremely cautious in choosing who or what will fill your time. If you hang out with an individual who is seeking after the things of this world, it is likely you will soon find yourself possessing the same priorities and dead-end goals. However, if you wisely choose companions that love the Lord and deeply desire to know Him more, your own hunger and thirst for godly things will grow. In the end, your life will be full of opportunities to make a positive difference, and you will be richly blessed.
To be wise you must be aware of the things and people that tend to influence you. Whether you see it or not, the friends you spend the most time with will always affect the way you think, talk, and act. Thus, it is crucial that you are extremely cautious in choosing who or what will fill your time. If you hang out with an individual who is seeking after the things of this world, it is likely that you will soon find yourself possessing the same priorities and dead-end goals. However, if you wisely choose companions that love the Lord and deeply desire to know Him more, your own hunger and thirst for godly things will grow. In the end, your life will be full of opportunities to make a positive difference, and you will be richly blessed.
In conclusion to today’s lesson, review the characteristics of wisdom. Do you truly desire to be wise, or are you content with coasting through life, never really challenging yourself to live to your potential? If you can honestly say you prefer the wisdom route, review the process of attaining it. Is this possession of wisdom important enough for you to fear God, prize His Word, strive daily to be more like Christ, and humble yourself continuously?
Now, Just Do It.
Take a moment to intentionally ask God for wisdom. When approaching Him with a humble and pure heart you can rest assured that your request will be met. However, do not end with that. Rise up from your prayer with a new found commitment to walk in the way of the wise. This path has no room for ungodly friends, but those who love the Lord make for great company. If you remain on this narrow path, your life will surely stand apart from most everyone you know. In the end, you will know your Father with an intimacy you never imagined possible.
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.