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. (James 1:5, NKJV)
Christians should want to grow in wisdom. James implies that we are considering ourselves and our personal need for wisdom by saying, “if any of you lacks wisdom.” The first step to obtaining wisdom is knowing we need it and then, asking God for it. But, we should not expect God to stick a funnel in our ear and pour wisdom into our brain! God is ready to answer the prayer of the person who is seeking wisdom: “If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth comes understanding and knowledge” (Prov. 2:4-6). Wisdom is the prudent, appropriate use of knowledge that honors God’s will. So, let us seek wisdom from the true source of all wisdom. Go to His word, and also pray to God for it. God gives wisdom sincerely and freely to those who fear Him.
17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17–19, NKJV)
Paul next prayed that the saints in Ephesus would be able to comprehend the greatness of the love of Christ. We grasp the meaning and scope of love by seeing it in practice; by experiencing it. We know love because “God is love,” and because “He loved us and sent His Son” to die for us (1 Jno. 4:8, 10). Experiencing fellowship with Christ and the love of God that stabilizes and secures us, enhances our ability to comprehend Christ’s love – a love that surpasses knowledge. A full complement of God’s blessings are offered and attainable in Christ. What love we should have for God for the boundless love of Christ. We are drawn closer to God and enlivened in faith as we realize that we are the objects of God’s love in Christ. Yes, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son” (Jno. 3:16). That is the greatness of Christ’s love for you. Live by faith and experience the magnitude of God’s love, and be filled with God’s abundant blessings – the fullness of God (Eph. 1:3).
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7, NKJV)
The proverbs of Solomon generate knowledge grounded in wisdom, instruction, perception and understanding (Prov. 1:1-2). They provide wisdom’s instruction concerning justice, judgment and equity (Prov. 1:3). They give discretion and enlightenment to the innocent and inexperienced (Prov. 1:4). Furthermore, wise ones will gain learning and acquire good counsel through pondering these proverbs (Prov. 1:5-6). Yet, without the “fear of the Lord,” no such knowledge, wisdom, instruction and counsel will be attained. The fear of the Lord, then, is the starting line, the “beginning” place from which one proceeds to benefit from the proverbs. The “fools” of verse 7 are set in contrast to those who “fear the Lord.” They do not dread displeasing God. They do not stand in awe of Him. They do not revere His name. Thus, they despise the wisdom and knowledge that proceeds from Him. We recall that Jesus said we need “ears to hear” God’s word. The fear of the Lord is an excellent place to start.
5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge… (2 Peter 1:5, NKJV)
Without moral courage, faith becomes a hypocritical claim. Additionally, faith is blind without correct knowledge. Israel hastened her own destruction in the days of Hosea by refusing the knowledge of God: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6). Since faith is established by hearing and accepting the word of God, it is crucial to strengthen one’s faith by growing in an understanding of God’s word (Rom. 10:17). The Christian should be “increasing in the knowledge of God” in order to “walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work” (Col. 1:10). In today’s verse we are taught to add knowledge to virtue, since one cannot know when to be morally courageous unless they understand the truth that compels that courage. “Therefore, do not be unwise, by understand what the will of the Lord is” by growing in the knowledge of the Lord (Eph. 5:17; 2 Pet. 3:18). God wants you to have an informed faith. His word gives the understanding you need to have a strong faith. Spend time learning God’s word, adding what you learn to your courageous faith.