As Christians we are taught that we are to grow in wisdom through spending time in the Word, time in prayer with God and fellowship with mature Christians. I have really made it my goal for the last few years to do that. I take James 1: 5-7 seriously:
5 Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
This passage tells us that all we have to do is ask and God will give us wisdom. What a great God we have. It says He will give it to us generously. The reason God is so willing to give us wisdom is so we are protected as His children. We will make wiser decisions and fall in to temptation’s trap less. Our faith will also become stronger as a result. We will not be tossed about like a little ship on a stormy sea. We will stand strong in our faith. We won’t wonder from one religion to the next.
Yet this great pearl of wisdom does come with a price. I am experiencing it as I grow in the Lord and it bothers me. I have to make a choice though…wisdom or comfort. King Solomon, who made the request of God to receive wisdom, received much wisdom generously from God. He too experienced the price of wisdom. Read Ecclesiastes 1:18.
18 For with much wisdom is much sorrow; as knowledge increases, grief increases.
As we grow closer to the Lord and in wisdom as a result, we see the lost souls of so many wondering this World without Christ. We see the pain they experience and their lack of hope. We see their futile way of living. Even worse, we see Christians who still have not figured out that they too need to be close to God and obey Him. The lack of richness and effectiveness for the Lord in their lives causes me much grief. So many Christians are making unwise decisions and bearing no fruit for the Lord. They do not even seem to hear His voice when He calls to them. His voice has been drowned out by the cares of the World. I personally am in much sorrow of late. On one hand, I miss where I use to be. A place of lack of knowledge or really understanding what God desires of His children. A place where I did not comprehend what He wants to give me. On the other hand, I know I cannot go back to what I use to be. I would be in a place out of God’s Will. I would be in place where I was not experiencing God the way I experiencing Him now. I do not want to digress in my wisdom seeking. I do not want to forfeit the price of grief and sorrow so that I am more comfortable. I am willing to pay the price for God’s pearl of wisdom in my life.