Often when we think of wisdom, we think of the lessons learned through a multitude of mistakes or overall life experience. We think of our grandparents telling us their "back in the day" stories or counsel from others that are older and more mature than us. However, the spiritual gift of wisdom is more than just acquired knowledge over time. You don't have to wait until you are 50 years old to gain God's heavenly wisdom and there's not a list of steps you have to take to get to a place of being wise. The gift of wisdom is powerful and relevant to where you're at right now. You as an heir should ask for God's abundance. With receiving God's abundance, you can ask for spiritual gifts. Asking for wisdom isn't scary. It doesn't mean you have to learn a lesson to earn it or studiously go after it. Receiving the gift of wisdom looks like asking for God to move in you and give you the lens to see him, the world, and others the way He does. It looks like knowing who God is and who you are in Him. Wisdom comes from trusting Him with your prayer life and most of all living out of a place of love. Living a life of wisdom encompasses living a life that praises God.
When we go through the motions in our walk with Christ and reduce our spiritual lives down to a quiet time or church service once a week, we are not walking in the promises God's given us. 1 John 5:13 says, "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life." You may have heard that verse a million times before but have you actually heard it and then reflected on the way you live your life? Most of us don't walk around believing that we are immortal through Christ Jesus. That because we believe in Jesus, we attained the Holy Spirit and through Him we have everything we need to live out heaven on earth. Spiritual gifts help us live out heaven on earth, especially the spiritual gift of wisdom. Wisdom is often associated with the virtue of love. Because the deepest understanding of God doesn't come from any theology we can wrap around our heads, but from the ability to walk in pure Christ-likeness. The world needs people who have been imparted the gift of wisdom to speak up; because those who pursue the gift of wisdom receive insight into God-given knowledge and perspective. Those who have wisdom have a deep understanding of holiness that is meant to be shared. Tapping into this spiritual gift is vital because others need to hear the wisdom that God has shared with just you. Think about the times where you have made a bad decision that affected you or where you lived in hopelessness and doubt. How different would things have been if someone spoke to you divine wisdom before or after that moment? How different would we act towards each other if those who had God-given wisdom weren't afraid to let their light shine.
This wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere (James 3:17). Sometimes the gift of wisdom might be difficult to attain. That's because we as humans often slip up and get complacent with our walk with God. When applying this gift to our lives, we need to first keep asking for it and surrendering to God. We don't want the gifts more than we want Him, because God's character is so much better than anything He can ever do (and He can do a lot). Then, practically applying the gift of wisdom looks like putting yourself in situations where you can use it. Meaning getting involved in a leadership position where you are pouring out, or not being afraid to share wisdom with the people around you. Whether someone is struggling or not, we should trust the Holy Spirit with the words He gives us. What He tells you is breathed with life. Even if His perspective doesn't fully make sense, we can live in joy through His understanding and not by our own.
God, through your truth give me Heavenly wisdom that surpasses Earthly understanding. I ask that you would show your mercy on me and let me live out a place that understands more of your perspective and who you are. Give me clear eyes to see you and others the way you intended. I love you, AMEN.