Recently I was in a conversation with a friend. We were discussing his future and what it would hold for him and his family. Like most people he had hopes and aspirations. Some of them were practical and attainable, while others were a bit outlandish and obviously dreams. He had a firm sense of what God was calling him to do, but frankly didn’t know how to get there. Many obstacles were standing in the way of the practical side of his dreams. It was going to require hard work, diligence and sound stewardship to accomplish these, yet I had confidence he could do it. However, when it came to the Big Dreams and sense of God’s calling on his life, there was clearly a disconnect. Those Big Dreams were bringing great hope and excitement into his life and when he would ponder them they would fill his heart with life and joy. Obviously those Big Dreams were from God because of the fruit they were producing in his soul. Additionally, it was also clear that those Dreams were from God because accomplishing them was going to require divine intervention.
The reason we were having the conversation was because he was seeking guidance and wisdom. I was able to give him some practical wisdom by defining biblical principles and helping him create a structure and a plan to accomplish the practical aspects of his dreams. Yet when it came to God’s calling and those Big Dreams, no self help plan or even biblical principle was going to produce the breakthrough required to see them come true. It would take a miracle.
That miracle would be answered through one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In 1
Corinthians 12 the Apostle Paul lists several ways the Holy Spirit manifests Himself through His people. One of those ways is called the Word of Wisdom. It was this gift that provided solutions to my friend’s impossible circumstances. So then, what is a Word of Wisdom? Well, let me first try to define the concept of wisdom before we look at the supernatural gift of God’s Spirit.
The practical definition of wisdom is simply this, “knowing what to do.” When we are seeking wisdom often we will go to people with experiences greater than our own and ask for help. This is great because it gives us the chance to learn from other people’s mistakes and successes. The reason we seek help from people is because they have gone through something that we are about to go through or accomplished something we hope to accomplish. We seek their counsel to maximize our chances of success and avoid pain in the process.
When someone is going to give advice using practical wisdom there is a very logical process that is followed. It goes like this: they look at the circumstances surrounding your options, they attempt to see all the possible courses of action, then weigh out the consequences and benefits of each option, and then finally they help you make the best decision given your choices. The person giving the advice will use their own experiences and knowledge to guide the presentation of each option. Sometimes this presents biased counsel, but we are happy to receive it all the same. The end result is that you make the best choice possible given your options. This is what I did with my friend when I shared biblical principles and helped him form a plan to accomplish those practical dreams. But the question is: Was that a Word of Wisdom? Did I manifest the gift of the Holy Spirit or could it be possible that the supernatural manifestation gift of the
God of the universe is more than just practical or even spiritual advice?
The answer to the above question is obviously yes; the Word of Wisdom gift is more than a logical process resulting in a good decision. The concept of Wisdom contains the practical and logical however is not limited to it. When God releases wisdom it does much more than help you see your options. It does more than analyze the scriptures to give you biblical principles. Wisdom sees these things, yet goes beyond them. It reaches into the unseen realm and produces options that were not available before. It is creative and has the power to produce never seen before options. Wisdom doesn’t deny the logical process of weighing through options, it is above them. It goes beyond them.
At the beginning of creation, when God was forming the world, the book of Proverbs says that Wisdom was beside the Lord as His master builder. It was wisdom that was His daily delight as He formed all that has been made (Proverbs 8:22f). That is the very nature of Wisdom; it is creative. Creativity and Wisdom go hand and hand. True divine wisdom doesn’t just point out what the logical solution should be. Divine wisdom looks beyond logic and reason and creates new options. It invents possibilities when there are no good options. Throughout history we see that the great artists were also inventors. Their creativity was what allowed them to see possibilities where there were no options and thus they invented new options. Traditionally we have viewed wisdom as being a process of logic and analysis, but the true divine nature of wisdom is to be creative.
So then let’s cut to the chase… What is a Word of Wisdom? Well, when the Holy
Spirit releases the supernatural gift of the Word of Wisdom it produces new options that were not previously seen until the Lord revealed them. The Word of Wisdom co-creates with God and forth-tells new realities. It sees the current options, rises above them, and invents new options. It reveals the unseen realm of heavenly possibilities.
How you operate in the Word of Wisdom Gift is a whole different topic for another day :-)