a spirit of wisdom

“…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,” Ephesians 1:17 (ESV)

The discernment that comes from wisdom is such a wonderfully generous gift. A gift from God the Father.

It’s often assumed that wisdom comes with age. And I suppose there is no one or nothing older than God.

Yet whilst experience can contribute to wise decision making it’s neither exclusive to nor prevalent amongst us “oldies”.

And here, in this passage, it comes hand-in-hand with “knowledge”. A “knowledge of Him”.

Though not just a “knowledge” of facts that’s cold and impersonal. Rather, an intimate “knowledge” that is more about God’s character: who He is together with what He is.

In much the same way we may have an especially close relationship with a friend, a family member, or even a spouse.

And where do these gifts come from?

The “revelation” is clearly outlined in the Bible. A God of love, compassion, grace, and mercy.

And it’s the Holy Spirit who guides our understanding.


prayer : that God would grant me the gift of spiritual wisdom and “knowledge”

action : read the Bible regularly, ideally daily

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