Through the words of the apostle Paul, KS Hawaiʻi Kahu Kaunaloa Boshard reaffirms that spiritual clarity, along with a life filled with intention and purpose, are the result of seeking both wisdom and revelation – or guidance – from ke Akua.
Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.
I hāʻawi mai ai ke Akua o ko kākou Haku ʻo Iesū Kristo, ka Makua nona ka nani, iā ʻoukou i ka ʻUhane hoʻonaʻauao a me ka hōʻike, i ʻike ai ʻoukou iā ia; A hoʻomālamalama ʻia nā maka o ko ʻoukou naʻau, i ʻike ai ʻoukou i ka manaʻolana ma kona hea ʻana mai, a me ka nani nui o kona mea e ili mai ana no ka poʻe haipule, a me ka nui loa o kona mana no kākou ka poʻe manaʻoʻiʻo, ma ka hoʻoikaika ʻana o kona mana Ikaika. - Epeso 1:17-19
I ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength! - Ephesians 1:17-19
He manaʻo o ke kahu
Whenever I drive back home to Kona from Hilo, I take the Saddle Road or the Daniel K. Inouye Highway. This main thoroughfare connects the east and west districts allowing all travelers to safely traverse across our Moku o Keawe in a shorter amount of time.
However, when stormy weather is upon us this roadway can become inundated with rainclouds and the heavy fog completely blocks a driver’s view. Personally, it is not until I am descending towards North Kona that my view becomes unobstructed. To coin the lyrics of the popular 70s song: “I can see clearly now the rain is gone!”
As spiritual leaders on our campuses and in our communities, we are called to pray over people and to ask for God’s blessings to be with us. Lately, I have been declaring God’s word while asking God for wisdom so that our alakaʻi, kumu, haumāna and lima hana receive knowledge and understanding.
I do this in the hope that whichever group I am with begins to align their thoughts with God’s promises. Praying God’s word delivers certainty that God’s truth rules over our requests or petitions and that there is clarity in what we offer in our appeals. However, in today’s scripture, the apostle Paul teaches us that both spiritual wisdom and revelation from God is needed for us to successfully navigate our environment.
The word “revelation” refers to God’s direct guidance while wisdom is gleaned from God’s promises in the scriptures. Together, both gifts become authoritative allies supporting our requests which we place under the sovereignty of Christ our King. What kind of authority are we talking about? It is the resurrection-power kind of authority, which is the gift of restoring life into people through Jesus.
It is Christ who calms the storms or removes the fogginess before us. It is Jesus who clears the confusion in our midst, and who distinguishes the right path so we can navigate life intentionally, purposely, wisely and with clarity of mind. Thus, when we are praying for God’s wisdom, let’s include God’s revelation to accelerate our knowledge and understanding and to see clearly as we discern our next course of action.
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