Today, we’re continuing our study of the sevenfold Holy Spirit as described in Isaiah 11:1-5. Last week, we talked about the Spirit of Yahweh. Today, we’re going to talk about the Spirit of wisdom.
As a reminder, our text is:
There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
His delight is in the fear of the Lord,
and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,
nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
but with righteousness He shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins,
and faithfulness the belt of His waist” (Isaiah 11:1-5).
The seven names of the Holy Spirit revealed in this passage are as follows:
- The Spirit of the Lord (Yahweh) (name 1);
- The Spirit of wisdom and understanding (names 2 and 3);
- The Spirit of counsel and might (names 4 and 5); and
- The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord (names 6 and 7).
Let’s look at His name “The Spirit of wisdom.”
Did you know wisdom doesn’t mean what you might think it means?
Before I closely examined Scripture on this subject, I used to think wisdom was something like God-given street smarts. (And it is, kind of.) But the vague idea of wisdom that I had was far less powerful than what wisdom actually is.
The Bible talks about wisdom a lot. Think about the first chapters of the book of Proverbs. They go on and on about wisdom! And James 1:5-6 contains one of my favorite Bible promises:
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. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”
Wisdom is clearly important. But what is it?
Wisdom is the Holy Spirit applied to your situation.
The easiest way for me to illustrate this is to show you two passages of Scripture which show the fruit of the Spirit and the manifestation of wisdom to be the same thing.
First, check out what the manifestation of wisdom looks like, from the book of James:
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.
But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:13-18).
Now check out the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).
Do you see the similarities? Look at this:
- Wisdom is pure. The Holy Spirit, being God, is 100% pure and spotless.
- Wisdom manifests peace. The fruit of the Spirit is also peace.
- Wisdom is gentle. The fruit the Holy Spirit produces in your life is gentleness.
- Wisdom is willing to yield. This sounds an awful lot like humility (and remember that Jesus humbled Himself to the point of death) and meekness (which is power under control). The fruit of the Spirit is self-control.
- Wisdom is full of mercy. Jesus is full of mercy, so we know that the Holy Spirit is too, since He is another of the same kind as Jesus.
- Wisdom is full of good fruits, and the Holy Spirit demonstrates His fruit continually as well.
Do you see the parallels? If the fruit of the Holy Spirit is the same as the fruit of wisdom, then the Holy Spirit IS Wisdom Personified …
… which is what we see in Isaiah chapter 11, since He is called the Spirit of wisdom. The Holy Spirit IS WISDOM itself. HE is Wisdom. And according to James 1:5-6, if you want Wisdom at work in your life, you have only to ask, and the Father will give Him to you.
Perhaps this is why King David–the most famous king of Israel and the only man in the Bible who was described as a man after God’s own heart–told his son Solomon that getting wisdom was the principal thing.
Think about how huge this is. King David was a man who carried the Presence of the Lord. He basked in God’s glory night and day. He was the man who set up the Tabernacle of David, where worship and intercession were released over Israel 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for 33 years. THIS is the man who wrote most of the Psalms, the Top 150 Hit Parade of his time. This is the man whom God Himself raised up from shepherd to king.
King David knew the Spirit of God intimately, and he taught his son Solomon that wisdom was the principal thing.
Proverbs 4:1-9, written by King Solomon while he remembered his father David’s instructions, tells us this:
Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, and give attention to know understanding; for I give you good doctrine: do not forsake my law.
When I was my father’s son, tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, he also taught me, and said to me:
“Let your heart retain my words; keep my commands, and live. Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.
Exalt her, and she will promote you; she will bring you honor, when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory she will deliver to you.”
David’s advice to his favored son was that he should get wisdom–the Holy Spirit Himself, applied to every situation.
Perhaps that’s because if we just have the Holy Spirit, which you do if you’ve given your life to Jesus, He will teach us everything we need to know.
First John 2:27 tells us this:
But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”
The anointing is what the Bible calls it when the Holy Spirit sits on you to accomplish a task. So, we know from this passage that the Holy Spirit will teach us concerning all things.
This promise carried me through some very hard times in life.
When I gave my life to Jesus in 2001, I was so hungry. I wanted to learn all I could. I desperately wanted a mentor; someone who would teach me, take me under their wing, and raise me spiritually. But I had no one. There was simply no one in my sphere who operated in the things of the Spirit.
So I cried out to God and lifted this promise, from 1 John 2:27, up to Him. I begged Him to teach me. I threw myself at His feet and demanded that He keep His promise, because I had no one else to teach me. Oh, I could listen to good Christian tapes, and I did; I wore out my Joyce Meyer tapes. But I had no one in person who would care about me and teach me.
But the Holy Spirit cared, and He was true to His Word. He took me under His wing and taught me Himself.
I cried out to God daily for wisdom (and I still do, nearly every day). He helped me every single day. And over time, He changed my life through His teaching.
After a couple of years, I found a good, Spirit-filled church (which is still my church home today), and I began to be taught there as well as I sat under the ministry of the Word. But still, even though sometimes He uses human vessels, it is still the Holy Spirit who teaches. Only He can give true revelation and wisdom.
So do you need wisdom today? Do you need a mentor?
I know it can be hard to want a mentor and not have one. We as the Body of Christ simply HAVE to get better about mentoring on purpose. But ultimately, only the Holy Spirit–not your mentor–can truly give you what you need (even if He uses a mentor for part of it).
Therefore, while I encourage every person to place themselves under godly authority and teaching and mentoring, ultimately, the Holy Spirit is the Mentor you need. So ask Him to fill this role for you. He is the Spirit of wisdom. He WANTS to teach you! He loves you and He doesn’t want you to wander through life with no one to help you. HE is your Helper, and He will teach you all things.
And as you go through life, if you will abide in Him and listen to Him, He will apply Himself to every situation you face in the form of wisdom. You will be able to watch Him at work:
- He will show you His will in every situation;
- He will show you how to behave and what to do in every situation;
- He will help you make right decisions; and
- You will see Him work out every situation for your good as you obey Him and operate in His wisdom (His Presence applied to your situation).
Isn’t that beautiful? The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of wisdom, and He will help you and give you all of Himself applied to your situation.
Does this message speak to your heart today? If so, please leave a comment below and share your thoughts. I love to hear from you!