In his teaching on spiritual gifts, Paul groups these gifts together in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, without giving much commentary. He lists nine of them in particular, but in light of verses 4-7, we already know that these gifts may operate differently through different personalities. We’ll look at them one at a time.
“For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom…” (1 Corinthians 12:8). The NIV and Amplified Bible translate it a little clearer with the phrase: ‘message of wisdom‘, but The Message Bible (“wise counsel“) and J. B. Phillips Version (“speak with wisdom“) both weaken it as to all but remove any spiritual gift. I know totally unregenerated educated people who can give wise counsel in areas and speak with wisdom in another area. That’s human wisdom, not God’s word of wisdom.
This first of the spiritual gifts is referring to God revealing a thought or a ‘word’ that reveals God’s wisdom. Its like the wisdom of Solomon when he discovered who the true mother was by telling them both to cut their baby in half. That strategy was wisdom (1 Kings 3:24-27). This gift of how to do it might work in harmony with Discernment of Spirits or other gifts.
I have often been baffled on how to say something or how to resolve an issue, and God just dropped this idea in my mind. Or sometimes God gives me insight for someone else. That’s the word of wisdom operating. It doesn’t require a bunch of religious Holy Ghost fanfare, just act of it.
What real experiences do you have with the word of wisdom given by the Spirit?
Tags: spiritual gifts, wisdom
Sunday is Father’s Day. Father’s are purported to have much wisdom. Children tend to not like that wisdom until they get much older. How wise was your father? I remember my Dad’s advice as a teenager when I wanted to look at buying a used car. It was a 1956 Ford at Miller’s Ford in Edgerton. “Son”, he said, “When you get your first car, your troubles begin.”
I didn’t like that advice. I think I thought he was speaking about me, rather the car. Later in life I learned what he was really saying. Cars really are a pain in the neck.
What advice did your father give you that you didn’t like until much later? What were his words of wisdom?
Tags: Father's Day, wisdom
Several years ago 7 Up began advertising itself as the “Un-Cola”. They were trying to break into the Real Thing Coke and Pepsi Generation with a new advertising spin on a really old product. Who knows if they sold anybody on the twist? Here are two more Unwise stories from the new media:
In Modesto, California, Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. King used a thumb and a finger in his pocket to simulate a gun, but, unfortunately, he forgot to keep his hand in his pocket.
On Lake Isabella, located in the high desert, an hour east of Bakersfield, California, some folks who were new to boating were having a problem. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t get their brand new 22 ft. Bayliner boat to perform. It wouldn’t get on a plane at all, and it was very sluggish in almost every maneuver, no matter how much power was applied. After about an hour of trying to make it go, they putted over to a nearby marina, thinking someone there could tell them what was wrong.
A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working order. The engine ran fine, the outdrive went up and down, the prop was the correct size and pitch. So, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath. He came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard. Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer. Some folks have plenty of money, but are desperate for wisdom.
Tags: humor, wisdom
Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn’t control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words, “Give me all your money or I’ll shoot,” the man shouted, “that’s not what I said!”
Another man called 9-1-1 with an emergency. he spoke frantically into the phone, “My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!” “Is this her first child?” the doctor asked. “No!” the man shouted, “This is her husband!”
Another man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street. When the homeowner called police, they arrived at the scene to find an ill man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline and plugged his hose into the motor home’s sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges, saying that it was the best laugh he’d ever had.
Get let Satan get the last laugh one you. In all your getting, get some wisdom from God.
Tags: humor, wisdom
Police in Oakland, California, spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself inside his home. After firing ten tear gas canisters, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them, shouting “Please come out and give yourself up”.
Elsewhere, in Illinois, a man pretending to have a gun kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two different automated teller machines. The kidnapper then proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts!
Meanwhile, a man walked into a Topeka, Kansas, Kwik Stop and asked for all the money in the cash drawer. Apparently, the take was too small, so he tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up and grabbed him.
Oh, for more of God’s wisdom in the world.
Today is a rare February 29. People born on this day don’t have many birthdays, but keep getting older, anyway.
Wisdom is lacking in the world. For example, consider the man who walked into a Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled – leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The police report said the total amount of cash he got from the drawer was $15. Wisdom was rare on this guy!
In another example of unwisdom, a few years back AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked “intellectual leadership”. He received a $26 million severance package. Maybe its not Walter who’s lacking intelligence.
If today’s your birthday, celebrate big. Birthdays and wisdom are rare.
Tags: mistakes, wisdom
A manufacturing firm had a breakdown in one of their machines. Staff engineers tried everything they could think of, but they couldn’t fix the problem. Desperate, they contacted a retired engineer with a reputation for repairing all things technical.
The engineer spent a day studying the huge machine. With a piece of chalk he marked the trouble spot with an X.
The part was replaced, and the machine worked perfectly again. But when the company’s accountant received the engineer’s bill for $50,000, they demanded and itemized tally of his charges.
The engineer responded: One chalk mark, $1. Knowing where to put it, $49,999.
When its time to make major decisions, knowing how to make the right ones is invaluable. That’s why we’re told to pray for wisdom.
Tags: decision, humor, wisdom