Inspired by . . . Day 21: His Character, Wise
God is Wise
A primitive root, to be wise (in mind, word or act): - X exceeding, teach wisdom, be (make self, shew self) wise, deal (never so) wisely, make wiser.
The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath He established the heavens. By His knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
The more I observe nature the more I see the wisdom of God. If you’ve spent any time here at all, you know I write about this often. Creation is God’s manifesto! He speaks to me so clearly through that which He has made. Creation is complex and fragile, yet strong. Each week I hear stories of tragedy, polar bears dying, seas being overtaken with toxic algae. Yet, at the same time, I hear inspiring stories of creatures who have adapted and overcome, animals that are thriving!
God did not create and then leave His creation to self-destruct. All God’s acts are accomplished through His infinite wisdom. He always acts for our good, which is to conform us to Christ. Our good and His glory are inextricably bound together.
If you’ve been following along with me this month, God’s wisdom won’t surprise you. This attribute is just one more line in the beautiful picture we’re drawing in our minds of our Lord.
Knowing all we’ve learned about Him, how could He not be wise?
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways! Rom 11:33
As much as the wisdom of God comforts us, and increases our faith in Him, He does not keep it for Himself. In fact, several books of the Bible, beginning with Job, and continuing thru the Song of Solomon, are called the Wisdom Books. Do you want to be wise? You begin here:
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Pro 1:7
and continue by:
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, Who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. Jas 1:5
And lest you think you don’t need wisdom, consider this (emphasis mine):
My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech, who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness, who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil, men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways. Pro 2:1-15
I don’t know about you, but I think being shielded, guarded, watched over and delivered from evil sounds like a pretty good trade off for pursuing wisdom.
. . . for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. Pro 8:11
Lord, wise and merciful, teach us Your ways.
We want to walk in integrity, along paths
guarded by justice and goodness.
Paths that You watch over, from the heavens above.
Incline our hearts to You, that we may
Deliver us from evil.
In Jesus name,
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