The Wisdom of God
The Wisdom of God
Let’s turn our attention to God’s wisdom, in doing so we will receive a great amount of confidence and comfort from God’s wisdom.
How does human wisdom compare to God’s wisdom?
Let’s consider a little review of God’s wisdom. As we grow to trust God it will help if we understand God’s wisdom. I do not want any misunderstanding on this point. I do not believe that God brings adversity on anyone. In the case of Job God allowed Satan to cause the evil that happened to Job. God set limits on Satan that he could do to Job – Job 1:12 & 2:6. This seems like a very fine line between God bringing adversity and God allowing adversity. The Secularists say if God is a God of love He would not allow this to happen to me. God provided the book of Job to help us understand how Satan works. This book shows us the relationship between God and Satan it also shows us that God is in control. Take Satan out of the picture and you have a completely different world; the original sin, flood, and Christ’s crucifixion.
When we consider man’s wisdom we get a very good picture of it from the defense of the city of Aqaba. The Gulf of Aqaba is an extension of the Red Sea located between the Sinai Peninsula to the West and Saudi Arabia on the east. Israel and Jordan touch it on the northernmost. The Gulf of Aqaba is about 100 miles long and 10 to 17 miles wide. The city of Aqaba is located on the northernmost tip of the Gulf. The city of Aqaba in 1917 seemed impregnable. Any enemy vessel approaching the port would have to face the battery of huge naval guns above the city. Behind Aqaba in every direction lay barren, wasteland, and desert. To the east lay the region known as “the anvil of the sun”. The residents thought no one could cross this harsh region. The Turks believed Aqaba to be safe from any attack. But they were wrong. Thomas Edward Lawrence led a force of Arab Calvary across the anvil of the sun. Together they rallied support among the local people. On July 6, 1917, the Arab forces swept into Aqaba from the north, from the blind side of the city. The guns that the people of Aqaba depended on for protection were aimed in the wrong direction. The climactic moment of the movie “Lawrence of Arabia” is a shot of the Arabs on their camels and horses, with Lawrence at their head, galloping past the gigantic naval guns that were completely powerless to stop them. Aqaba fell, and the Turkish hold on Palestine was broken, to be replaced by the British and eventually by the state of Israel in 1948. The Turks failed to defend Aqaba because they made two mistakes. They did not know their enemy, and they did not have the right weapons. They placed their trust in the direction the naval guns pointed. We must be careful not to make the same mistakes.
Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. This passage makes it very clear who our enemy is. Have you ever had doubt? Anyone who has dealt deeply with adversity can probably identify with doubts.
Human wisdom at its best is fallible. We can never have all the facts on a given situation. We are not able to predict with certainty the results of a given course of action. All of us from time to time agonize over some important decision trying to determine the best course of action.
God never agonizes over decisions. He does not deliberate within Himself or consult others outside of Himself. His wisdom is intuitive, infinite, and infallible. Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
He knows each of the myriad of stars by name – Isaiah 40:26. He has infinite power and understanding – Isaiah 40:28. He sustains His children in the face of opposition. All that God does or allows in all of His creation will ultimately serve His glory. In James we have this statement: James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. We cannot fully comprehend the wisdom of God, it is a great mystery. God’s wisdom is pure, peace-loving, considerate, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Mankind’s wisdom is not any of these things. God’s wisdom involves a display of all His grandeur and His wondrous actions, including the perfection of His wisdom.
What Scripture best compares our wisdom to God’s wisdom?