The Wisdom of God

The quality of God’s knowledge is summarized in the word “wisdom.” God not only possesses all knowledge about all things, but He has the capability to utilize that knowledge most effectively, most efficiently, and most efficaciously. The wisdom of God utilizes knowledge to formulate plans and purposes for all actions and activities in accordance with His desires. He has designed perfect plans for all things under His authority. Despite the fall of man, He planned a way of salvation to restore mankind to his original purpose to glorify God (II Corinthians 3:18). Despite the disobedience of Israel, He planned a means of national restoration for His chosen people (Romans 11:1-5). Despite the coming apostasy of the church, He planned a way to rapture His saints from the coming tribulation (I Thessalonians 4:13-17). Despite the surprises in one’s life, He is never caught unprepared. God sees all things clearly and has the ability to redeem the greatest tragedies in order to bring about the greatest good. God’s knowledge is infinite and so He uses it to design the greatest good for all of His creation. A better plan could not be imagined. We cannot design a better life apart from God. As a result, we can trust Him to bring to pass all things for our greatest good and His greatest glory. This includes the times of deepest sorrow as well as the moments of greatest joy (Jeremiah 29:11). All are necessary in the plan and purpose of God as He works “in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). God’s goodness extends to His wisdom; therefore, anything He designs is infused with His benevolence. Come what may, God’s designs for our life are loving, kind, and perfect.

Furthermore, there is no problem too intricate that God cannot solve it. Consider the plan of God in salvation and the progressive revelation of that plan. Imagine the details involved in pre-figuring the Christ in Old Testament typology; consider the legal, spiritual, and revelatory nuances of that plan; consider the prophetic declarations of the Messiah who would embody the fullness of those projections; and consider the precision of the timing of Jesus’ birth, life, and Gospel. The wisdom of God was perfect in establishing the foundation of and transition to the eternal covenant through Christ. Should anyone further doubt the wisdom of God to perform all things for one’s greatest benefit despite the complexity and longevity of the challenges faced?

Perhaps our familiarity with the word “wisdom” has bred contempt for the greatness of the concept. The word “wise” is used to describe a pastor, a professor, or a counselor as well as God. However, this word is either woefully misapplied to man’s wisdom in light of the magnitude of the wisdom of the “only wise” God (Romans 16:27; I Timothy 1:17; Jude 1:25) or it grossly underestimates the infinitude of God’s wisdom. Can the words of a finite mind conceive, condense, and communicate such lofty and limitless designed and determination to just the one word “wisdom?”

In light of the magnificent magnitude of the manifold wisdom of God, we must reject reliance upon the strength of one’s own mental faculties and “ask of God” for wisdom in order to find the plan of God and see it clearly (James 1:5). Turning by faith to the “only wise God” will yield practical insight, knowledge, and wisdom that will conclude with the glorification of God. As Tozer powerfully proclaimed, “With the goodness of God to desire our highest welfare, the wisdom of God to plan it, and the power of God to achieve it, what do we lack? Surely we are the most favored of all creatures.” It is this wisdom that permits us to trust Him when we cannot see the future. We must trust that He knows “the way through the wilderness” and that all we must do is follow.

My Prayer for Today:
Heavenly Father,
Forgive me for taking Your wisdom for granted. I have doubted Your wisdom when I should have trusted in Your plan. Lord, help me to magnify the greatness of your wisdom as I trust in your grace in each situation. Father, please graciously and liberally provide me with wisdom. As I walk by faith, I put my trust in You to guide me according to Your word. Your word is the foundation of all wisdom; help me to walk in it and follow You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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