And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.
It was a war of wits and will. I had only one objective: I wanted to have my way. The vacation plan was haphazard, and we were only irresponsible teenagers at best. My mother was going to be difficult to convince. I had every reason why we had this under control. I was a bright kid, and I thought that my reasoning would suffice. Parents, however, have a different kind of wisdom. They have been there before, and they know more than their children might think. It did not matter what I said, mom was not going to let this road trip go on as planned. Looking back, I see things much differently. My reasoning was flawed and immature. Her reasoning, however, was clear and founded on the truth. We were not prepared to handle that trip on our own.
There is a wisdom of man that only gets us so far. Actually, the wisdom of man really only takes us away from God. It is a reasoning that leads to destruction. See, man’s wisdom is founded on selfishness. It is a self-serving analysis that has as its only aim getting one’s way. That is why those who pursue sin and defy righteousness can think of every reason why that sin is actually good and pure. That is why we have movements that tell people to do as they wish and follow their sinful hearts because their pleasure is all that matters. That is man’s wisdom, trying to convince the world that selfish and sinful desire is okay. It is just like the child who thinks of every flimsy reason why he should be allowed to get his way when he does not know the trap he is setting for himself.
God’s wisdom becomes our fuel as it makes a way for our survival in this world. It is his wisdom that lets us choose the right path. It is his wisdom that gives us the power to stand against the enemy’s arguments and win. If we carry God’s wisdom, no argument of sin can prevail against the truth that we know. This is the fuel that we utilize when we must come up against sinful man as well as the sin within ourselves. Our wisdom is begging for God to let us have our way even though it would destroy us. God’s wisdom is exposing the truth of why his way is the one that we should follow. It is the fuel for the lamp that lights our way. Father, thank You for the power we find in your wisdom to overcome any evil that stands against us.