“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.” – I Corinthians 2:12
Scripture reading: Isaiah 11:1-5 and I Corinthians 2:6-16
Wisdom and understanding are closely related concepts. When reading Scripture, one begins to grasp that the seven-fold Spirit of God is the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. The theologian Louis Berkhof defined wisdom this way, “that perfection of God whereby He applies His knowledge to the attainment of His ends in a way which glorifies Him the most.” While God’s wisdom is beyond us, it is the blessing of God to grant the believer wisdom to perceive His goodness and trust His grace in all circumstances. Wisdom, as given by the Spirit, discerns the subtle temptations to sin. The believer heeds the Spirit’s prompts and the lessons of the Word, thereby growing in God’s grace.
Understanding is gained through study of the Word. Yet, as Paul wrote, even comprehension cannot come to us by the spirit of this age. Secular scientists can discover facts, but not interpret them with understanding. True understanding of the things of this world and the things of God requires the Spirit of God. True understanding is given to the mind and heart of the believer. More than this, by the guidance of the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the believer sees the work and glory of Christ in both the Old and New Testaments. By this same Spirit, each lesson learned results in praise offered to God the Giver of every good and perfect gift. By the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding the believer sees the work and glory of God in creation and by the Word is able to interpret creation correctly.
Suggestions for prayer
Ask the Spirit to lead you in wisdom and understanding. As you learn and understand more, bring your praises and thanksgiving to God for His goodness shown in your life.
Rev. Vander Vaart served as a minister in the Christian Reformed Church of North America for over twenty years, before joining the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. He is now serving as the Atlantic Region prison-visiting pastor working with Redemption Prison Ministry. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at NTGDevotional.com.