Eight Questions About Wisdom
The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.
~ James 3:17
- What is wisdom? Wisdom is the skill in the art of living life with every area under the dominion of God. It is the ability to use the best means at the best time to accomplish the best ends. Wisdom is the key to a life of beauty, fulfillment, and purpose.
- How do we pursue wisdom? The treasure of wisdom rests in the hands of God. Since it comes from above (Jas. 3:17), we cannot attain it apart from Him.
- What are the conditions for attaining wisdom? True wisdom can only be gained by cultivating the fear of the Lord (Prov. 9:10).
- What is the fear of the Lord? To fear God is to have an attitude of awe and humility before Him. It is to recognize our creaturehood and our need for complete dependence upon Him in every activity of our lives.
- Why have so few people developed this twin attitude of awe and humility toward God? The temporal value system of this world is based on what is seen, while the eternal value system of Scripture is based on what is unseen. The former exerts a powerful influence upon us, and it is not surprising that so many Christians struggle with giving up the seen for the unseen.
- What can enable us to reject the temporal value system and choose the eternal value system? An eternal perspective can only be cultivated by faith, that is, believing God in spite of appearances and circumstances.
- How do we grow in faith? Our ability to trust God is directly proportional to our knowledge of God. The better we know Him, the more we can trust Him.
- How can we increase in our knowledge of God? As we will see, the answer rests in the fact that God is a person.
Lord, let me know you better every day, and grow in wisdom as I grow in love and service to You. Amen.
~ Ken Boa
Dr. Boa is devoted to a ministry of relational evangelism and discipleship, teaching, writing, and speaking. He holds a B.S. in astronomy from Case Institute of Technology, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. from New York University, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in England. Visit his website at KenBoa.org.