Method 1: Ask for it.
Jn 14:14 “If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” As if our feature verse [Jas 1:5] wasn’t enough. Read the context of Jn 14:14 for a full understanding.
Method 2: God knows you need it, so He imparts it.
Dan 1:17 “As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.” God can give gifts that are not specifically requested because He want to or because He simply knows you need them. In this case, those who received wisdom were called by God for a specific purpose and the giving of special insight was necessary for them to carry out the assigned task. I think there are many great examples of this in scripture. Noah comes to mind as another good example. Information was certainly thrust upon all sorts of people in the Bible. Of course, they were almost always people God was using, people who were seeking God. They found Him, all right.
Method 3: We get it for ourselves from sources not intended by God.
Gen 3:6 “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” That’s pretty common. In fact, there’s a lot in the Bible about false teachers and false prophets and such. Satan is the father of lies. You don’t have to encounter Satan in person to encounter lies. Of course the Tree of Knowledge had God’s good fruit on it, but the wisdom Eve came by was the result of listening to a lie. She wasn’t supposed to have it. When we seek and accept knowledge from sources other than God, we will find lies in place of God’s true wisdom. When we find truth through unintended sources it’s usually referred to as losing innocence.
Method 4: Seek God
Ps 111:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!” Just by seeking God you will start the process of obtaining wisdom. Remember Pr 3:18 from the previous question? The key part was “She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her.” Certainly wisdom, at least a form of wisdom, is imparted with true salvation. Wisdom is part of the package deal with the indwelling Holy Spirit. The ultimate fruit? Eternal life.
This post is an excerpt (Question 5.3) from my book Ask James one.