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“The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him — the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.” (Isaiah 11:2)
Often we need deep insight and clear judgment in matters of life. One of those times happened while I was ministering in Africa. The evangelistic meetings took place amid great difficulty. We had made all the necessary preparations, yet we encountered one problem after another.
Toward the end of the meetings, I learned that a dear friend and colleague had unexpectedly died. I was completely taken by surprise. It was like the spiritual wind had been knocked out of me as I found myself praying, “O God, what’s going on?”
It’s on such occasions that God reveals Himself to us as the wise and understanding One. We often don’t know, but He always knows. If we lack insight, we can rest assured that He holds all wisdom. In fact, when Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would come from the house of David and that the Holy Spirit would rest upon Him, Isaiah described the Spirit of God as the “Spirit of wisdom and understanding.”
These titles for the Holy Spirit are very similar, but also very different. Albert Barnes, in his notes on the Bible, says, “The difference between the words here rendered wisdom and understanding is that the former denotes wisdom properly, and the latter, that judgment resulting from wisdom, by which we distinguish things, or decide on their character.”
In other words, wisdom is insight into matters of life. And understanding is the judgment needed for living once we have the insight. God the Holy Spirit has both because He is both wise and understanding. James says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (1:5). God is willing to give wisdom and understanding liberally.
It’s often the confusing times that drive us to know God as the One who is wise and understanding. A number of years ago, a man wrote a book titled Don’t Waste Your Sorrows. He had some excellent thoughts about suffering, and he encouraged believers to allow God to use suffering to make us more like Christ. Similarly, I encourage you not to waste your confusing circumstances. Let them motivate you to intimacy with God. When you lack understanding, cry out to the One who is Understanding. When you have no insight into a matter, then run into the arms of the One who is Wisdom.
As you seek Him, you will find wisdom and understanding. A successful Christian businessman once told me, “I’m not smart enough to make the right investments, stay ahead of the competition, and make decisions that will bring success rather than failure. That’s why I need to seek God every day. I need Him. Without Him, I’d be an absolute failure.”
That businessman understood the Source of all wisdom. He was a wise businessman because He knows and seeks the God who is wise and understanding. Ask God today for wisdom. He’s promised to give it freely.
Isaiah : Chapter 11
1) A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2) The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— 3) and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; 4) but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. 5) Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
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STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
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