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Wisdom: The Solution to Problem Situations
Chaos? Everyone who lacks wisdom is told to ask for it (James 1:5), but some have special ability to resolve dilemmas.
When Solomon was faced with the dilemma of choosing which of two women was the rightful mother of one surviving baby, he certainly required the divine wisdom with which God had just endowed him (I Kings 3:16-28).
The first recorded church dispute could have been explosive, as Grecian widows claimed neglect in the daily dispensing of food. The church appointed seven men “full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom” (Acts 6:3) to settle the matter. As a prisoner at Caesarea and a veteran of being in court, Paul faced the difficult decision of whether to return to Jerusalem for trial or appeal to Caesar, which meant going to hostile Rome. Paul needed the Gift of Wisdom, because if he returned to Jerusalem he would risk losing his life in ambush by the men determined to kill him. If he chose Rome, he might be executed. Yet he would achieve his ambition, also God’s plan, of preaching in the capital. Paul chose the second alternative. He received an expense-free trip to Rome, wrote four epistles while there, and lead countless people to Christ, including soldiers from Caesar’s household. (Acts 25:9-11).
Saints were forbidden to go to law against fellow saints. For a believer to adjudicate fairly, he would need special wisdom. Paul wrote, “Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? No, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?” (I Corinthians 6:5)
You’re in a church business meeting or a board or committee session. The group has reached an impasse on the matter under discussion. The members seem hopelessly divided. Then someone stands to his feet, quotes scriptural principle, and applies it to the situation. Suddenly, the answer comes. Everyone agrees. A word of wisdom may shorten debate by casting light on a problem and providing objectivity. The decision then reached becomes virtually unanimous because it is based on common insight.
Hopefully, we realize the gift of wisdom does not create confusion, envy, or strife, but it brings gentleness, mercy, and peace (James 3:15-18).