It used to be fashionable to travel to some exotic place, climb a steep mountain and sit under the teaching of a man known to be full of spiritual wisdom and understanding. Did you ever wonder why he was way up there? You might think someone with spiritual wisdom and understanding would realize just how much people need such things down here in town. People who don’t own hiking boots and have a couple extra weeks of vacation.
But what if you could have spiritual wisdom and understanding? What if you could get your spiritual insight directly from God, Himself? It sounds almost blasphemous to even consider such a thing. You would have to have a special, direct connection with God’s Spirit!
And yet, this is exactly what Paul prayed would be given to his friends, not to wise old giants of the faith, but to newbies and rookies who were just getting used to following Jesus.
Paul wrote and told them:
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,…” – (Colossians 1:9)
Most of those folks didn’t live on mountain peaks and sport long white beards. They looked about as much like a guru as you do. But what Paul prayed they might receive, as astonishing and unlikely as it may seem, is what Jesus promised to give to anyone who would trust Him fully.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” – (John 14:16-17)
Imagine that! Spiritual wisdom and understanding for anyone who would trust and pay attention. No hiking boots needed.