“The Bible speaks of this need to ‘wise up’,” Wisbey said. “In fact, it seems to me that from the very beginning of Genesis to the final chapter of Revelation, the Bible is the story of men and women, very much like us, who are searching for God and for purpose. Of men and women …whose hearts grow cold far too fast, who step away from God’s plan and God’s love far too quickly. Of men and women who desperately need to wise up.”
“At the beginning of a new academic year, God has a word for each of us. It is a promise from the book of James—‘If any one of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given to you,’” Wisbey said.
He continued, “throughout time, the relationship between a teacher and a student has been focused on attaining wisdom and understanding.” Wisbey told students their professors, who have dedicated their lives to helping them reach their goals, will prod, guide and “ask questions that will make you think.”
“At times we will see the world very differently, yet as we address issues together, we will find that we all will grow in our understanding of what it means to be wise—and who it is that truly and fully exhibits the fruits of wisdom,” Wisbey said.
Finally, true wisdom emanates from God and is “first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and not hypocritical,” he said. “Wisdom would make our face shine and the hardness of our countenance would be changed.”