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Daily Devotion | Ulf Ekman



The Word of Wisdom

For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:8
Wisdom is a precious gift. In Proverbs it says that we should cry out for wisdom for when we find it, it will be pleasant and reward great blessing. Some people have a lot of knowledge but little wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to do something in the best possible way. Knowledge provides information. Wisdom is to put facts together and use information in the right way. Wisdom is to do the right thing with the right people at the right place and at the right time. Knowledge gives facts and a proper survey concerning the existing situation, usually based on how it has been before, while wisdom looks ahead.

If prophecy is for edification, comfort and encouragement, and if a word of knowledge is like sugar in a cup of coffee, then the word of wisdom is like the cream in the coffee. It adds another dimension of understanding, applicability and future prospects.

But the same is true for the word of wisdom as for the word of knowledge—it does not provide all wisdom but only a word of wisdom for a particular situation. It is a supernatural wisdom, often simple, but something we never would have come up with ourselves. James says wisdom is pure, peaceful, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and without partiality or hypocrisy. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17).

Wisdom is filled with good fruits and creates peace. No wonder the Bible says we should be wise, not foolish. If we lack wisdom, we can ask God for it. He gives it willingly! “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).


Thank You, God, for wisdom from above. You give us all the wisdom we need when we seek it, and through the word of wisdom, You communicate supernatural wisdom to us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.