And he shall go before him in the spirit 
and power of Elias, to turn the hearts 
of the fathers to the children, and the 
disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to 
make ready a people prepared for the 
Lord (Luke 1:17).
“The disobedient” in our opening text, following 
the  original  Greek  rendering,  means  one 
who can’t be persuaded; one who’s headstrong and 
doesn’t want to go in the right direction. He or she 
deliberately  chooses  to  do  wrong.  There’re  such 
people  today;  They’re  unyielding;  even  when  they 
know the truth, they choose to do otherwise. They’re 
unwilling to submit to the Word of God, which is the 
wisdom of God. 
Part  of  the  responsibility  of  those  whom  the 
Lord has sent with His message of truth is to turn the 
hearts  of  these  disobedient  folks  to  the  wisdom  of 
the just. The wisdom of the just refers to the mindset 
of the righteous. It’s a mind that’s yielded and given 
to the Word—easily persuaded by the Word to act in 
conformity to the Word. 
Such a person is willing to accept the Word, and 
to make adjustments on the basis of the Word. That’s 
functioning  in  the  wisdom  of  the  just.  True  wisdom 
is  living  in,  and  by  God’s  Word;  being  influenced 
and propelled by the Word to the right thoughts and 
1  Peter  4:17  says, “For  the  time  is  come  that 
judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it 
first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that 
obey not the gospel of God?” The underlined portion 
of  the  preceding  verse  is  the  verb  of  the  noun  we 
read in Luke 1:17: “ that obey not.”  The Greek word 
is  “Apeitheo,”  meaning  the  disobedient;  one  who’s 
willfully disobedient and unbelieving; the foolish. The 
Bible says,  “The fool says in his heart, “There is no 
God…” (Psalm 14:1 NIV). 
Being born again, you have a different mindset: the 
mindset of the just. Therefore, be swayed and easily 
moved by the Word of God; take your actions on the 
basis of the Word. It doesn’t matter how something 
appears, or that you find it appealing to the senses or 
your  emotions,  if  the  Word  of  God  says  otherwise, 
conform  to  the  Word.  Discipline  yourself  to  accept 
and live by the Word of God only. 
Blessed Lord, I’m totally yielded and committed to 
you. I appreciate the power of your Word in my life. 
I’ll always be a success, because my decisions and 
actions are based on your Word. Your wisdom is at 
work in me, propelling me in the path of greatness, 
victories, joy and peace, today and always, in Jesus’ 
Name. Amen.  
John 20:19-31 & 1 Chronicles 23-25
1 Corinthians 16:1-12 & Ecclesiastes 5-6
Colossians 3:16; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:22

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