You’ve probably heard someone use the phrase “game-changer” in the course of conversation. A game-changer is “a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way.” (Thank you, Merriam-Webster.)
It’s an overused cliché, in my opinion. Most things we think are “game-changers” really aren’t.
But there is one true game-changer that can alter just about any situation. Solomon shared this insight with us in Proverbs 4:7:
Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
Wisdom – Godly wisdom – can transform almost any situation or activity for the better. No wonder Solomon called it “the principal thing” and urged his protégé to seek it.
Thankfully, wisdom is within reach of all of us. The Apostle James wrote, “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 NIV, italics added).
There are a few steps to consider in our pursuit of wisdom.
- We must acknowledge that we need wisdom.
This includes admitting that we currently don’t have the wisdom we need. It’s swallowing our pride and being man or woman enough to ask for help.
This is more difficult for some of us than for others.
We often take pride in our self-sufficiency. But self-sufficiency is a dangerous illusion. The wisdom we need lies outside of ourselves, and the only way to access it is to ask.
- We must ask God.
James offers two assurances: 1) God gives generously; 2) and He gives without finding fault.
In other words, God won’t beat you up over your lack of wisdom. The New Living Translation says, “He will not rebuke you for asking.”
No condemnation. No criticism. Just a generous outpouring of wisdom from a loving God.
- God will give you wisdom.
How’s that for a guarantee?
There are a few important caveats, however.
First, God already has provided a host of external resources that offer the wisdom we seek. Those resources include both His Word and the local church, including a pastor. It also can include books, seminars, counselors, and other sources of support.
Secondly, Solomon also noted that, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10 NIV). Fear in this context means “holy respect or reverence” (my definition). God doesn’t give His wisdom to people who don’t value it or Him.
Finally, true wisdom invariably will lead you to Jesus Christ. Paul called Jesus, “the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24 NIV). Real wisdom will result in us becoming more like Jesus.
This year, instead of just praying (and worrying) about the symptoms of our problems, let’s address the root cause – a lack of wisdom. If we could bring Godly wisdom to every conflict and circumstance, a lot of things would change during the course of 2018.
And that would be the ultimate game-changer.