Growing in Wisdom

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, March 18, 2019

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

Getting older has proven to be a challenge for most people. In addition to the deterioration of the body, most people have to grapple with providing care for elderly parents. In some cases, getting older means watching children succeed or fail. One thing for sure, the older we get, the more funerals we will attend.

Growing older has many upsides as well. As we get older, we gain wisdom through life’s experiences, especially when we fail. That wisdom comes from having to rely on God for direction when we don’t know what to do. It is the results of trusting God when our strength has failed us, and patiently waiting on him to rescue us from our messes.

I am now beginning to understand why older people are more patient and judicious in making decisions. They’ve learned it’s unwise to hurry success and fruitfulness. Through painful experiences and heartbreaks, they’ve discovered that people matter more than achievements.

In today’s text, the writer invites believers to ask God for wisdom. Just because a person is a believer does not mean they are wise. The Church of Jesus Christ is still mostly divided along racial and ethnic lines. And even though Galatians 3:28 tells us “there is neither Jew nor Gentiles, neither slaves nor free, nor is there male and female, for we all one in Jesus Christ,” the 11 o’clock hour remains the most segregated hour in American Christendom. Indeed, many communities, churches, corporations, and organizations are segregated because of a wisdom-deficiency.

Wisdom is a spiritual gift that is available to anyone who desires it. Only God can give it. But, what are the manifestations of wisdom in a person? Growing in wisdom means cultivating a life of loving union with God. Those who are growing in wisdom are slow to judge others but quick to affirm, encourage and empower others. The wiser we become, the more we realize our limitations and those of others. Thus we become more forgiven in our attitude, and more gracious in our responses.

It takes wisdom to sustain a godly marriage. Raising children and preparing them to live God-centered lives require much wisdom. Learning to respect the uniqueness of people from different races, ethnicities and culture necessitate wisdom. Without wisdom we will continue to demonize other people because of their political affiliation and not find the courage to work together for the good of all people.

As I prayed for more wisdom, I have become more generous in my affirmation of others. Wisdom compels me to be slow to criticize. I hate gossip because I think it is cowardly and ungodly. Wisdom forces me to look at each situation from different perspectives, and find solutions that are beneficial to all concerned.

Achieving wisdom is not a destination, but a journey filled with humbling experiences. That is why I think people grow in wisdom without ever knowing if and when they’ve become wise. Those who grow in the knowledge of the word of God are growing in wisdom. For, the word of God is able to make us wise unto righteousness.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please grant us the wisdom to live in harmony with one another and to honor you in our day to day decisions.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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