How to find wisdom in college

Gaining wisdom is beneficial and Biola’s community encourages this.

Hannah Dilanchyan, Opinions Editor

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere,” James 3:17 says. Everyone wants wisdom—the ability to make informed decisions and live freely without regret. 

However, the pathway to wisdom is not always clearly attainable. Sometimes experience, advice and conversations can lead toward wisdom—but the best kind of wisdom is one that comes from God. It is good and pure—his wisdom is so much grander than our own.

God does not withhold wisdom from those who ask for it. James 1:5 says that “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.” In 1 Kings 3, King Solomon asks God for wisdom, which pleases God, who gives it abundantly. In a world full of turmoil and anxiety, wisdom brings peace and assurance to anyone who asks for it—including college students.

SEEK GOD

Seeking after God is the best way to start your pursuit of wisdom. The Gospel Coalition writes that “the seeking required of us is not ultimately a search for philosophical answers or even for practical wisdom; it’s seeking God himself.” The article gives the example of Job, who actively pursues God after losing everything. In God is all wisdom. “In his blameless life, his undeserved death, and his vindication on the third day, Jesus Christ was and is the wisdom of God, the Christ, ‘in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,’” The Gospel Coalition writes. 

When we pursue God, we fill ourselves with truth. Consistently reading the Bible, praying often and surrounding yourself with other believers helps build wisdom in community as well as in reflection of Scripture.

MAKE GOOD FRIENDS

Making good friends can make all the difference. Creating a community of people who support looking to God for wisdom, prioritize wisdom and encouragement, they can build you up. Proverbs 13:20 urges people to make wise friends: “walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” College students can forge friendships with their roommates, classmates, professors and leaders. People of all ages can pour different wisdom into each person. 

Building relationships with wise, God-honoring people can cultivate a healthy heart and spiritual life. There is so much unknown—future spouse, careers and homes—but staying grounded in the wisdom that comes from above, allows enjoyment for today and best prepares for whatever tomorrow brings. 

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