Paul continues to speak to the church of Corinth. Paul confesses that what he speaks is not of human knowledge or human wisdom. Nothing is of his own flesh. He has not thought of this on his own but “of God’s power.” In fact Paul says that he came to the church in weakness, with fear and trembling. He was scared. He didn't know what to say. What he spoke to the people was from the Spirit. Paul does acknowledge the fact that wisdom was spoken but it wasn’t of any person or ruler of their age. He declares that it is of God’s wisdom—through the Holy Spirit. When Jesus died and rose again He promised us His spirit. He gave us “another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the spirit of truth” (John 14:16). Even though Jesus is not on the physical earth He continues to reveal things to us through His spirit. His spirit is active and moving. Paul was able to be a mouthpiece for the Lord. He was able to listen to the spirit and speak of the His wisdom rather of his own.
This wasn’t just for Paul and this isn’t just for other people. His spirit is for you! Jesus tells us in John 14 that we, too, know Him. We know His Spirit. He lives with us and is in us. Just like Paul, we can speak through His Spirit. Even in our weakness, even in our trembling, we can ask for God to reveal His wisdom through His spirit. The pressure is off of us. When we don’t know what to say to our friend or when we don’t know what the Lord has to say to a body of people—the pressure is off of us. No knowledge or wisdom that we have is greater than what the Lord has to say. All we have to do is ask. We can just ask the Lord to come and speak through us. We can invite His Spirit to speak through us—to reveal the things that the Lord wants to say. We can declare God’s wisdom over things. He is not a God to show us His spirit and tease us with it. When we ask for it, He shows up. His heart is to reveal His truth and His love to us.
It’s our choice to walk in the authority He has given us. Just like Paul, we are weak but just like Paul we can ask the Lord to reveal his wisdom through His spirit. So I challenge you to stop relying on yourself and your own understanding. Even in our greatest knowledge and our greatest wisdom we are still weaker than the Lord’s weakest. We have the choice to invite God to reveal his wisdom to us. “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived—the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by His Spirit.” These are the things that the living and active God has for you now. Invite Him to come and speak to you.
Lord, I thank you for your Spirit. I thank you that you still reveal to us your wisdom through you Spirit. We invite you to come and speak to us. Open our eyes to see you more. Open our ears to hear you—in every moment of every day. That this is what you have for us. You gave Your spirit so we invite you to come and move through us.
- Ashley Gibson