Wisdom is an important quality every one of us should possess. Wisdom is generally defined as the sound application of the knowledge, experience and judgment. Thus, it is essential for us to have wisdom in order to survive and adapt to the changes that happen in our lives. Knowledge is what we get from learning through our perception and processing the things we perceive using our minds. When we apply our stored knowledge on actual situations that call for action using a specific knowledge we possess, we are expressing or demonstrating wisdom. When we recall a specific experience in a challenging situation we are currently facing, and use that experience to get through the situation, we are also exhibiting wisdom. This is the basic human wisdom we gain from our interactions with other people and the world around us.
Spiritual wisdom is what we gain from our relationship and obedience to God. The beginning of spiritual wisdom is our fear of God. This isn’t the kind of fear that we show at the face of natural disasters or in a deadly situation, but instead it is the profound and steadfast worship, veneration and respect for God and His Word, the Bible. In the book of Proverbs, Solomon, the wisest man on Earth, shared to us what is wisdom: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10). When we fear the Lord, we obey His commandments and His Word written in the Bible. Thus, wisdom is shown through our obedience to God. Sometimes, we obey first before we understand what we are obeying, and when we obey God’s true Word, our spiritual understanding follows. This understanding is much deeper than our understanding using our human senses because this wisdom is spiritual, and is not limited to this world (1 Cor. 2:4-13).
To enhance spiritual wisdom, we need to take our obedience to another level. We need to enact the Word of God in our daily lives. On a personal level, we need to help out our family and friends arrive at good decisions. We should also contribute to the Christian community and the church by being part of the church organization, the church council or tapping in to committees and task forces where we feel our wisdom can contribute best. For the wider community, we can coordinate with various community service associations and organizations or join departments that provide services for the good of the citizens.
Having spiritual wisdom is like a gift of seeing the truth in everything around us by carefully sifting through the facts and going to the bottom of things. Sometimes, not all of us are aware of this gift, as one of the few fortunate ones, we can help other people see “the light” of truth that we are able to see. Our helping of others to widen their perspectives and develop their own wisdom is a good exercise for the enhancement of our spiritual wisdom. We learn by learning along with the people we help, like hearing God’s voice from different areas in a room and being able to come to that voice wherever point we begin from. To learn more about our gift of spiritual wisdom, we should read significant passages in the Bible, especially regarding how to use wisdom (James 1:5, 3:13-18, 2 Peter 3:15-16).