The wisdom of God is that characteristic in which He always chooses the best goals, as well as the best means for attaining those goals. Of course, the question arises as to the best goals for whom? Because many people misunderstand this critical point, it leads to wrong views of God’s wisdom. These wrong views arise when we can’t fathom the circumstances surrounding our lives. A few examples of unfavorable circumstances: injustice (starvation, murder, extensive suffering, wars, etc….), disease, untimely death, job loss, etc….
When there are wrong views of God’s wisdom, inevitably there will be wrong responses to it. a few of these include:
- asking “why?” with the wrong motive. Though is not wrong to ask “why?” it is sinful when we ask in anger towards God.
- asking why this is happening is a challenge to God’s decision and the method He chooses to accomplish that decision. (Ecclesiastes 3:11, Romans 8:28-29, Hebrews 12:10).
- asking why now is a challenge to God’s timing (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
- Job asked, “why?” 16 times in response to the losses he endured. In the end, he realized the fruit from his trials, which was a deeper relationship with God (Job 42:5)
- Questioning God’s omnipresence – thinking that God must not be everywhere, otherwise He would be aware of what’s happening and not allow it.
- Questioning God’s omnipotence – Thinking that God is not in control of everything and that His plans can be hindered.
- Questioning God’s omniscience – Thinking that God is fallible and makes mistakes.
If we want to have an accurate understanding of God’s wisdom, there are a few things we must understand. Below are 3 characteristics of God’s wisdom and 4 ways that wisdom is manifested:
Characteristics of God’s wisdom
God’s Wisdom is Incomprehensible
- Infinite Wisdom cannot be comprehended by finite minds (Isa. 55:8, 9).
- Admitting this is not an “intellectual cop out”. Rather is surrendering to the truth about God and our circumstances as God in His Word reveals it.
- David bowed to the sovereign purposes and infinite wisdom of God (Psalm 131:1).
God’s Wisdom is partly Communicable to us.
- This wisdom is “the skill in living a life pleasing to God
- We can ask confidently for it when needed (James 1:5)
- It also comes from reading and obeying the Word
- We can never fully share in God’s Wisdom (Romans 11:33)
God’s Wisdom is Greater than any adversary
- Human adversaries
- Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery, but God’s purpose was so he could provide for his family during the coming famine.
- David fled for his life from Saul, but God’s purpose was to develop character in David that would make him a good King and a man after God’s own heart.
- Spiritual Adversaries
- Satan succeeded only in being an instrument to bring Job into a deeper and more reverent relationship with God.
- Satan also succeeded in putting Paul in the circumstances where Paul learned experientially the sufficiency of God’s grace (2 Cor. 12:9).
Manifestations of God’s Wisdom.
- Wisdom is seen specifically in Creation
- As God created the universe, it was perfectly suited to bring Him glory – all the day to day processes and the goals for which He created it. (Psalm 104:24).
- Even though the Fall has effected creation, it’s harmony and intricacy continue to display the wisdom of God
- Wisdom is seen in God’s plan of Redemption
- Christ is “the wisdom of God” to those who are called (1 Cor. 1:24,30)
- The folly of preaching is the wisdom of God to save some (1 Cor. 1:21).
- Wisdom is seen in the Church
- People from different backgrounds are united in Christ in the Church.
- The Church is in the forefront of breaking down social and racial barriers around the world.
- This is a visible manifestation of God’s wise plan to bring unity out of great diversity.
- Wisdom is seen in individual lives.
- God works wisely in all things to advance His children toward the goal of conformity to the image of Jesus (Romans 8:28, 29).
- It brings beauty out of ashes
- The wisdom of God is more immanently displayed in bringing good out of calamity.
- He does not spare His children from the ravages of a sin-cursed world, but takes all the elements and makes full use of them.
- The good that God’s wisdom brings is often different from the good we envision.
- It brings Holiness out of adversity
- The good that God works for in the lives of His children is conformity to the likeness of Jesus – not necessarily happiness or comfort.
- Compared to an earthly father disciplining a child, God never hopes or wonders if He made the right choice (Hebrews 12:10).
- God knows exactly which adversity we need in order to grow. He knows what we need, when we need it and how best to implement it.