'An insight into the holiness of God will always produce a life-style of repentance' [Anon.]

Wisdom of God

in Knowing God

Think for a moment about the wisest person you have ever met. Why did you think they were wise? Was it because they seemed to know so much? That they seemed so prepared before speaking, and what they said made a great deal of sense? Maybe they were very careful in what they said, and thought before speaking. Maybe they were able to figure out something that you couldn’t?

While wisdom is related to knowledge, it is so much more than that. Wisdom cannot exist without knowledge, but the knowledge of information is not sufficient to be wise. For example, great knowledge can be gained through memorising a dictionary, but that knowledge won’t help you correctly form sentences using those words.

Wisdom is the correct application of that knowledge to a given situation.

image description

Writer AW Tozer has defined wisdom as the ability to devise perfect ends and to achieve those ends by the most perfect means. It sees the end from the beginning, to see everything in proper relation and full focus, so there can be no need to guess or conjecture. Wisdom sees everything in proper relation to each other, and is thus able to work toward predestined goals with flawless precision.

Wisdom always carries a strong moral emphasis, being conceived as being pure, loving and good. Wisdom is the practical side of moral goodness. It is the ability to see the best and highest goals, combined with the means of achieving those goals.

For this reason wisdom, in its fullest and most complete definition, is found only in God.

To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. (Job 12:13)

Who should not revere you, O King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no-one like you. (Jeremiah 10:7)

Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. (Daniel 2:20)

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! (Romans 11:33)

… to the only wise God be glory for ever through Jesus Christ! Amen. (Romans 16:27)

image description

Everything God has done in the past, is doing now, and will ever do in the future, is underpinned by His wisdom.

How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. (Psalms 104:24)

By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; (Proverbs 3:19)

God never makes mistakes. God works with flawless precision because God sees the end from the beginning and never needs to back up.

Often our actions and decisions here on earth are based on short term benefits, the next day, next week or next year. In fact, in comparison with eternity our whole life on earth is short term.

Yet God in His wisdom always acts from an eternal perspective.

When we look at the many tragedies around us, the natural disasters, famine, floods, drought, wars and crime, the statement that Paul makes when writing to the Romans seems slightly deluded at best….

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

However when we read the next part of the promise….

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. (Romans 8:29)

…. we realise that the good that is spoken about is not limited to life here on earth, but it is eternal. God works all things so that we, those who love Him, will be shaped and moulded through the events of our lives to become more like Jesus. He does all this so that we will spend eternity with Him.

This same concept is reflected in the book of Acts; God’s actions are motvated so that men would seek Him and find Him, to enter into a relationship with Him.

From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. (Acts 17:26-27)

image description

Author Jerry Bridges gives the illustration of our lives being spent beneath this massive tapestry, in which all we get to look at is one tiny section underneath this piece of art. As we gaze up, all we can see if a complex interwoven web of assorted coloured bits of cotton, each seemingly arranged with no sense of order or design. With such a view it could be easy to form an opinion that things just don’t make sense.

Yet if we were able to change our perspective and climb above the tapestry, to take a few steps back (or slightly more than a few!) to take in the whole finished product, we would be amazed at the intricate grand design of the artwork. We would see with clarity why that little orange piece of cotton, that previously seemed to be in the wrong place, now obviously had to be in that specific place at that specific time for the grand design to fit together, to make the artwork complete.

We cannot to understand what is happening from our current perspective. Indeed God clearly warns us it is pointless to even try.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no-one can fathom. (Isaiah 40:28)

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.” (1 Corinthians 1:25)

image description

Yet not only do we often try to understand God’s ways, the whole focus of our rebellion against God is that we think our wisdom is actually greater than God’s wisdom.

We want to go our own way because we think it is a better way than God’s way.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way (Isaiah 53:6a)

The crux of this journey we are walking on is the decision whether we want God’s wisdom or our own. Everything we hope for in our lives, our health, our career, our comforts, our families, our safety; are we willing to trust that God’s wisdom and plans for our lives, are better than our own?

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; (Proverbs 3:5)

Are we willing to surrender our lives to our all-wise God?

If we are, and are prepared to trust blindly and completely in God’s wisdom, then God gives us this incredible promise:

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. (Isaiah 42:16)

It is good to dwell on God’s infinite and perfect wisdom. As we start to realise the depth and width and breadth of God’s wisdom, it makes so much more sense to surrender our own limited and flawed version of wisdom, and rely on God completely.

They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honour and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” (Revelation 7:11-12)




required



required - won't be displayed


Your Comment:

As the sun was slowly setting to the west behind a forest covered mountain, a group of village boys were starting to head home after an afternoon playing beside the river.

“Hey”, one of the boys called out as he looked over towards the setting sun “do you think there is a castle somewhere in that […]

Previous Entry

Incline my heart to your testimony O God
And not to personal gain
May reading your Word not be a burden, or a mere duty
But a delight
Disincline me towards television, the newspaper, the magazine, sport, the internet
Grant me to be inclined, hungry, desirous of the Word of God more than these things.

This is a miracle: my soul […]

Next Entry


PDF version