2 Chronicles 1:7-10
That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. Now, LORD God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
The gift of wisdom is not about being smart. There are many intelligent people who are not wise. There is truth behind the stories of nutty professors. Being smart doesn’t mean you have common sense. Wisdom is greater than this.
Solomon asked for wisdom to lead God’s people. All throughout the book of Proverbs the fear of the Lord is described as the beginning of wisdom. People who are wise will revere God and seek to do as He commands.
People with the gift of wisdom should be near positions of leadership. This doesn’t mean that they are necessarily leaders though as that is a separate gift. But people with the gift of wisdom should definitely be advising leaders even if the leader also has the gift of wisdom. A wise person knows that they can’t have too much good counsel.
While there is a supernatural wisdom that God gives, wisdom is one gift that a person may work on and increase on their own. The more often we make our decisions based on our love for God, the greater our wisdom will become.