Read: 1 Kings 3:4-4:34; Acts 6:1-15; Psalm 126:1-6; Proverbs 16:26-27
Everyone knows Solomon as the wisest man on the earth but what he asked for was an understanding heart to judge the people fairly and discernment to see evil and good. He used understanding and discernment to gain wisdom. Wisdom comes from experiencing your understanding. He used discernment and understanding to know how to bring the truth out about the babies real mother. From the experience he gained wisdom. Experience is the way we get wisdom. Solomon was asking to bypass the mistakes it takes us to gain wisdom by given him God’s heart on the matter.
Revival presents its own problems. The disciples had never set up an organization but they had to learn quickly to be able to better serve the people. Everyone had to learn their part. They had to appoint servants to help the widows, and the teachers had to spend their time in prayer and study so they could adequately teach and lead the people spiritually. Stephen was one of the leaders chosen to be a minister of the people’s needs. Stephen was full of faith and the Holy Spirit. The apostles laid hands on them and commissioned them for ministry. Stephen was used to do many miracles and wonders among the people and the leaders of the synagogue were jealous of his wisdom and the spirit of God in him so they brought false accusations against him. As he sat before the Sanhedrin, his face lit up as an angel.
God will proclaim the gifts inside us and manifest his glory through us if we just yield to the spirit. When we manifest God’s glory, the devil will be right there to try and stop us. We have to realize he is just a smoke screen and his power is not real unless we give it reality.
Lord, help us to discern the real and understand how you see and feel.