Ephesians 1:17 “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”
How can we grow in Christ? Is it being a better person or being more obedient to His Word? All gifts of God are good but each has a specific purpose that yields more dividends than initially realized.
Years ago I was involved in a small country church in Oregon. There was a dynamic work of God moving in this quiet little place that was drawing in people by the scores. Within a few short years this church grew from 25 people to 500+ people. On Tuesday nights there was a small group of 100 people or so who would meet to worship, teach, give testimony, and encourage one another. The move of the Spirit was so apparent at this time that you would almost think you could see the cloud of God’s presence on that place. One night, a brother in Christ shared with me his desire to understand what Paul was speaking when he mentioned the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in Ephesians. The very idea of being endowed with this sounds deep and elusive in nature. Back when this occurred I was just as confused as he was, but I have grown to know the Lord better since then.
Proverbs 4:11-13 “I have taught you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in right paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hindered,
And when you run, you will not stumble.
Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
Keep her, for she is your life.”
It is Given
An important first step is in realizing how to acquire wisdom and revelation is to understand it is a gift. Wisdom and revelation is directly associated with the Spirit of God. What I used to think was a separate entity is actually a manifestation of God. You don’t acquire these gifts apart from God, you acquire them with God.
Just like Job, by searching for the gift apart from God, I elevated myself before Him and missed it all together.
Job 42:1-6 “Then Job answered the Lord and said:
“I know that You can do everything,
And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.
you asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
Listen, please, and let me speak;
You said, ‘I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’
“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear,
But now my eye sees You.
Therefore I abhor myself,
And repent in dust and ashes.”
When we speak of things we do not know, particularly when it pertains to the things of God, we devalue His works. We simply have no clue how vast God’s works really are when it comes to a single act, we see from our point of view, not God’s point of view.
Dust is a reflection of humility, lowering ourselves down that God might be lifted up.
Ashes is a reflection of repentance. The ashes of the altar were continually burning as a means of signifying the death required for sin. Temporary was the sacrifice of animals only to be a shadow of the ultimate sacrifice Jesus offered us upon the cross.
Wisdom and revelation does not belong to us….it is God’s. When the Lord opens our eyes to see, He is in essence showing us a part of Himself.
When we see God granting wisdom or revelation we see aspects of His glory, His character, His love, and plans for us.
- Psalm 119:118 “Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.” (David understanding the value of the Moral law)
- Numbers 24:16 “the prophecy of one who hears the words of God, who has knowledge from the Most High, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who bows down with eyes wide open:” (Balaams prophecy given by God)
- Exodus 33:17-19 “So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” (On Mt. Sinai)
- Ephesians 1:18 “the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,”
What is the result of having a genuine encounter with God?
- Wonder and Awe.
- A true sense of God’s majesty.
- A deeper revelation of who God is.
- A true Hope.
- An understanding of what is truly valuable.
- Your path is straight.
- An understanding of true humility.
Do you seek any of these attributes?
If you do, you are not alone. I’ve yet to meet any true believer that doesn’t earnestly desire more of all that is mentioned here. Knowing where to look, how to seek, and what it means your asking for is just part of the journey.
I am fully convinced that God doesn’t make anything difficult to acquire. He desires to give us good gifts, He wants us to know Him more, and He understands the joy we gain when we grow in Him.
God is waiting for us to seek Him and when you do you will be able to repeat what Isaiah spoke so long ago…
Isaiah 11:2 “The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him–the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and strength, the Spirit of knowledge and fear of the LORD.”