True Wisdom

By: Jill Briscoe

There were five of us sitting ‘round her feet. Molly was vibrant, godly and seemed to be made of Scripture. She loved the Lord, was renowned as a speaker, had a mischievous twinkle in her eye, and we five students hung on every word.

“Such wisdom,” my friend whispered to me. I nodded, mesmerized by everything she was and everything she said. I supposed she was in her 50’s yet age difference didn’t seem to matter to her. We were obviously center stage in her thinking as she gave us her time and full attention.

I was at a teacher-training college in Cambridge, England and had just converted to Christ. As we listened to Molly talk about the Lord she loved, a resolve was born in me. “When I am Molly’s age, Lord,” I breathed, “make me a wise woman like she is.” For there was no doubt about it, this woman was wise.

Wisdom was what Cambridge was all about. The ancient corridors I was privileged to walk reeked of learning. But I had been there long enough to realize that knowledge and wisdom are two different things. Knowledge is an accumulation of facts. Wisdom is knowing what to do with them once you have accumulated them!

I had just come to know Jesus Christ who is the wisdom of God, but I realized I needed to get to know Him better if I was to be wise. But how did it work? How did you become wise instead of just accumulating a lot of knowledge?

Molly was speaking so I tuned back into what she was saying. I couldn’t believe it. She was answering my question! “If you want to be a wise woman of God,” she said, “be a woman of the Word.” There it was, the secret! No shortcuts to this sort of spiritual greatness. The Word of God must become my most necessary food. I must “read, mark, and inwardly digest it,” I must soak myself in Scripture so when I arrived at 50 (impossible to grasp then!) students would want to know from me how to become wise. “Lord,” I prayed inwardly, “I will do my part. Show me how.”

God delights to hear and answer such prayer. And remember this: wisdom is not for a few special people, it’s for all of us who, like those five students many years ago, will refuse to settle for anything else. May you, by God’s grace, settle for nothing less, and may you be willing to do your part.

Jill Briscoe is the Founder and Executive Editor of Just Between Us magazine.