1 Corinthians 12:8 (KJV)
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit
Chiamaka was really confused concerning who to marry. There were two eligible brothers who wanted her hand in marriage. She met the first brother during her youth service. She and the second brother were members of the same subgroup in church.
As she continued praying and asking the Lord for wisdom concerning who to accept, she felt led to discuss the matter with her pastor’s wife.
Before she and her pastor’s wife started the discussion, her pastor’s wife prayed to commit their discussion to the Lord, but as she prayed, a word of wisdom for Chiamaka came. It was a reminder to Chiamaka of some prayers she had prayed during her youth service year. The word made it clear to Chiamaka that her husband was the first brother; the one she met during her youth service year. Her pastor’s wife didn’t even know what Chiamaka wanted to discuss when the word of wisdom came. It made things very clear to Amaka and she now knew what to do.
‘Word of Wisdom’ is a word from the Lord that gives people wisdom concerning what to do. There are believers who have been given the ability to frequently receive such words from the Lord. They are those said to have the gift called ‘word of wisdom’. We find a good example of this gift at work in Isaiah 38:21 and 2 Kings 20:7. Here prophet Isaiah said what was to be done in order for King Hezekiah’s fatal boil to be healed and his life spared.
Note that the spiritual gift called ‘word of wisdom’ is called so because it is an inspired utterance by the Holy Spirit to give wisdom and direction to people. It is not a product of learning or human understanding. It is prophetic in nature– directly inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Go into today remembering that God has given us spiritual gifts in order to help us in different areas of our lives.
Prayer: Ask the Lord to help you receive and walk in the spiritual gifts He has purposed for you.
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