In Acts 6, seven men where chosen to serve. Here were the qualifications. Verse 3 says, “…seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom…”
Stephen was one of the seven. Verse 8 says that he was full of faith and power. Some of the Freedman (former Roman slaves) took issue with him. Verse 10 says, “And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.”
Paul was another who spoke with wisdom. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 says, “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
Paul prayed for the saints in Ephesus. Ephesians 1:17 says, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.”
He prayed for the folks in the church at Colosse. Colossians 1:9 says, “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”
Two great prayers! When you see someone struggling in their walk with the Lord, pray these Scriptures over their lives. We all need God’s wisdom so we can see our lives through His perspective.
I love Psalm 119. Listen to verses 97-99. “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation.”
Note how the one who wrote those words linked wisdom to his meditating on God’s word. As we meditate on His word, He reveals things we do not know through the power of His Holy Spirit within us.
Hidden within our trials is the navigating wisdom that we need. It is only hidden because He wants us to rely on Him. When we ask, He will reveal it. James 1:5 says that we can ask the Lord for wisdom, because He will lavish it on us in abundance. (John 3:34)