Growing in Godly Wisdom
By Gordon Robertson
How can we grow in the knowledge and wisdom of God? One good way is through experience. I vividly recall the first time I ever spoke in a courtroom as a lawyer for a paying client. I had won the Trial Award at my law school graduation, so I thought I was ready—until I stood up in that courtroom and suddenly realised that all my book learning was useless without the actual experience of trying a real case.
There is only one way to get that experience, and it was through my mistakes that I learned some very valuable lessons. We can also grow in wisdom through difficulties. Paul had been shipwrecked, beaten, stoned, and left for dead. Yet he writes in Romans 5:3-4: “We also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
In Greek, the word character means “tested and approved.”
In Greek, the word character means “tested and approved.” You have gone through trying times and didn’t wilt under fire. You came back proven and solid, and you understand who you are in Christ. Whatever circumstance you face, you know nothing can stand against you.
That’s why Paul goes on to say in Romans 5:5: “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.” This is the voice of experience. This is the voice of someone who knows he can trust God, no matter what happens.
Faith is spelled r-i-s-k. You are out of your comfort zone. The only thing you know is that God said it. And He wants His people to say, “That’s all I need, God. If You have said it, I will go.” Then we trust God to see us through.
James 1:5 tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” We need to humble ourselves and say, “God, I don’t know what I’m doing; please guide me like a child.” He won’t get mad when we ask; instead, He promises to give us wisdom liberally.
Finally, we find this key in Proverbs 11:30: “He who wins souls is wise.” God has chosen and appointed us to preach His Gospel to every nation, tongue and tribe. By winning souls we prove our wisdom, showing that our true treasure is heaven. God bless you.
HOW TO GROW IN GODLY WISDOM
To grow in Godly wisdom, we need to absorb it. Memorising Scripture is a fantastic way of taking God’s Word from face value to making it a part of our very being. Here are some key passages of Scripture to encourage you which will, no doubt, serve you in the years to come.
The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.
The beginning of wisdom is this: get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.