We learned last week how powerful our words are and how they possess the power to bring life or death. They have the power to steer the course of our whole life. We learned specifically about the spiritual gift of a word of knowledge, what it is, how to receive it, and how to use it. This week, we are going to learn about a very similar spiritual gift, a word of wisdom. Word up!
A word of wisdom is the supernatural revelation of how to effectively apply knowledge or information. This is a gift that our culture needs now desperately. Although scripture reveals to us that wisdom surrounds us constantly and cries out from the streets, we seem to be blind to it and continue acting like fools.
I came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her actions.
1 Kings 3:16-28
16 Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. 17 One of them said, “Pardon me, my lord. This woman and I live in the same house, and I had a baby while she was there with me. 18 The third day after my child was born, this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there was no one in the house but the two of us.
19 “During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on him. 20 So she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while I your servant was asleep. She put him by her breast and put her dead son by my breast. 21 The next morning, I got up to nurse my son—and he was dead! But when I looked at him closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t the son I had borne.”
22 The other woman said, “No! The living one is my son; the dead one is yours.”
But the first one insisted, “No! The dead one is yours; the living one is mine.” And so they argued before the king.
23 The king said, “This one says, ‘My son is alive and your son is dead,’ while that one says, ‘No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.’”
24 Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. 25 He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.”
26 The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!”
But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!”
27 Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.”
28 When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.
So this is an incredible example of wisdom that came straight from God. King Solomon was not given a word of knowledge from God to be able to supernaturally know which woman was the child’s mother, but God gave Solomon the wisdom to be able to determine this information and to administer righteous justice.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.So easy enough, we simply ask God for wisdom and He’ll give it to us! We then receive the word of wisdom by the same creative means of prophecy or a word of knowledge or more commonly just by reading and applying what He has already given us in the Bible. However, a word of wisdom will be very clear in what to do with it because that is the essence of what wisdom is: effectively applying knowledge.
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.