Definition: Just as wisdom in a more general sense is knowledge rightly applied, so the spiritual gift of wisdom is the supernatural ability, received at the time of a person’s conversion, to apply knowledge already possessed, regardless of how one has obtained that knowledge. It’s knowledge rightly applied by the Spirit. It’s God showing us the What? Why? Where? When? and How? of a problem. It’s the supernatural solution to trouble.
Application: Godly wisdom is a quality needed by every person who works with other people. We’re all different, with different needs, personality traits, and backgrounds. These differences can present difficulties in terms of working with and understanding one another. Godly wisdom allows us to see beyond our differences and beneath the surface. The Holy Spirit provides this insight to better understand people’s hidden needs and equips us to meet those needs. A believing mother needs this wisdom as no two children are alike. It’s needed by every husband and wife, as built-in differences often keep us from seeing the needs of our spouse. It’s something every pastor, teacher, and church leader needs, since not every church member responds in the same way.
Methods: Godly wisdom may come to us in a wide variety of ways: through God’s Word, a vision, a dream, a revelation, our conscience, a sense we might refer to as intuition, the guidance of a wise person, a written or spoken source, a whispered voice in our heart, or an audible voice, to name only some. God speaks in many ways, and the Holy Spirit operates with diversity in His methods (1 Corinthians 12:6)
Purpose: Godly wisdom builds the church and invites revival.
From my book: THE SECRET POWER OF GODLY WISDOM TO COMPLETELY TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE. Sold at Amazon.com/Kindle.