St. Paul, in today’s verse, shows us the path to spiritual wisdom:
Watch carefully then how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise, making the most of the opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord. -Ephesians 5:15-17, NAB
Mankind continually seeks to find greater knowledge and deeper wisdom. According to today’s verse, though, true wisdom is making the most of every opportunity to know and fulfill the will of God.
The first thing to notice about this concept is that the root of wisdom leads to God, not us. Spiritual wisdom is not a measure of how much we have learned in college, by reading books, or any other studies; it is an ability to take our own thoughts and ideas out of the equation and focus solely on God’s will.
The second concept to grasp is that wisdom requires us to make the most of the opportunities in front of us to do God’s will. In other words, wisdom is not just what we know; it’s about what we do. It’s an action, a choice, a verb. Comprehending God’s will for our lives is important, but acting on it is equally so.
As we gain more knowledge, it may actually be more difficult to be spiritually wise. Our own knowledge gets in the way of finding God’s will, and we begin to rely on ourselves, instead of relying on God. For that reason, we need a constant reminder to use our knowledge to develop a deeper dependence on our Creator.
We cannot find the keys to wisdom in any book, lecture, or classroom. Spiritual wisdom comes from letting go of ourselves, seeking God’s will, and acting on it. Truly, wisdom is a measure of faith, not intelligence.