The wisdom of the Spirit grows in the heart of God’s children, like a seed putting forth a shoot, then a leaf, and then a full ear (Mark 4:28).
We see this in the life of Jesus:
And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him [Luke 2:40].
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man [Luke 2:52].
It is a father’s responsibility to raise his children to maturity–to use their experiences as a context for teaching truth–and to mold their lives by the influence of His own example in the faith.
This is what God does for us, as the following verses proclaim:
For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son. And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;(For [the children] being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)It was said unto her,The elder shall serve the younger.
The will of God is neither subservient to time nor bound by the free will of man.
As the Alpha and Omega, He establishes our beginnings and authors our endings (Jeremiah 1:5; Acts 17:26).
Therefore, it is no great thing for Him to determine the course of our lives–not by impinging upon our free will–but by so orchestrating events that our choices complement His vision.
This is why He can “turn all things to good to those who love Him and are called to His purpose,” (Romans 8:28).
We are prophetic expressions of the word and will of God:
Whereof I am made a minister,according to the dispensation of Godwhich is given to me for you,to fulfill the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints. To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
This does not mean that we are doing things perfectly: but rather, that God is working perfectly through us.
Our only responsibility is to come into agreement with the Spirit’s leading.