I. Wisdom defined
My goal is to display before you the wisdom of God, so that you see it more clearly and admire Him more intensely and trust Him more firmly and therefore obey Him more consistently and joyfully. Scriptures: Romans 16 , 1 Corinthians 1. When the Apostle Paul closes what is the magnum opus of Christian doctrine in the Bible, he breaks into song! It's only right that he do so. How should you tie off the greatest story ever told? After walking through the grand reasons behind God's rescuing love for rebel sinners, only a doxology will do. So with a heart that is full and a mind on fire, Paul intones the words of Rom.
Notice the in last phrases of the entire book of Romans, Paul emphasizes one attribute of God - His wisdom. Verse "to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be glory forever! And particularly this morning, my goal is to display before you the wisdom of God, so that you see it more clearly and admire Him more intensely and trust Him more firmly and therefore obey Him more consistently and joyfully.
One main statement will dominate the next several minutes in my speaking. I call you to let it take hold in your thoughts first, and then, by the Holy Spirit's enabling, in your heart as well. The statement is simple and deep: God is infinitely wise. I want to unpack that for a moment and then we will see that flowing from that truth is a perspective-shaping, comfort-giving, anxiety-killing, prayer-inducing implication that will revolutionize your life if you will take it as you own.
Let me start with a definition: "Wisdom," in the Bible, "is knowing the greatest goal in any situation, and the best way to achieve that goal. Wisdom is different from knowledge. You can have knowledge without wisdom. There are a lot of brilliant fools.
But you cannot have wisdom without knowledge, because in order to discern the best way to achieve a goal, you have to be able to integrate, to fuse together all kinds of factors from various sources of knowledge and experience. Now, take up this attribute and think about God. And while you're connecting those dots, listen to the psalmist say of God, "His understanding is infinite" Ps. Listen to Jeremiah pray to the "great and mighty God whose name is the Lord of Hosts, the One great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are on all the ways of the sons of men in order to give to each person according to his ways and the result of his deeds.
When Daniel described God's wisdom, he wrote, "He changes the times and seasons; He removes kings and establishes kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals the deep and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him. He is never puzzled or confused or uncertain. Paul tries to talk about the wisdom of God, and when he does, it moves to praise: "Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God!
How unsearchable His judgments and untraceable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? Or who has ever first given to Him, and has to be repaid? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. What the apostle is saying is that God's wisdom is very deep - so deep that His judgments are unsearchable. I can't get there from here; it's beyond me.
God's wisdom is so deep that His ways are untraceable. I can't follow what He's doing without being hopelessly over my head. It is so deep that no one has been or could be His counselor, ever. In fact, the wisdom of God is so deep and so expansive that He does not and cannot increase in wisdom. The only way He could increase in wisdom is for something to come into God's mind that has not already come out of God's mind. But Romans insists that this cannot be done: for from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.
So God's actions are always perfectly wise. There are no upgrades to His wisdom that are needed or even available.
Think about this: God is constantly synthesizing billions and billions of strands of data, drawn from all possible fields of knowledge and realms of experience, so that He holds every relevant factor in every situation with total and perfect knowledge. He constantly weighs the facts, implications, costs, consequences, and how it fits into His purposes with flawless skill, so that what He does or wills is always the best possible move that can be made.
And God does this all the time, without the least strain and without crashing a hard drive. Does anybody on earth understand this? No way. He is totally out of our league.
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Do we trust Him more because of it? Well, let's see. I'm going to draw a massive implication from the wisdom of God that is challenging to consider. Are you ready? Let's say that out loud and weigh the words as they pass through our mouths. Now run that around the block in your present experience. Take that home with you and see how it works. What this implication from God's wisdom means is that whatever your life is like right now, God is wisely and sovereignly ordering your circumstances to do something in you, through you, in your marriage, in your family, in your work, in your witness, and in your worship that could not be accomplished any other way.
If there was a better way to accomplish these purposes, then you would be experiencing those other circumstances instead of what you are right now. If there was a kinder, faster, more expedient way, God would be using it. So the circumstances you are in right now are exactly what you need for this period in your life. Let me ask you something: Would it change things for you if you firmly believed that the problem in your life that is pressing and difficult - the one you don't understand, that you chafe against, that makes you feel overwhelmed and ready to give up - was orchestrated or allowed by an all-wise, loving Father to bring about the best possible, longest lasting results for His glory and your good?
Would it make a difference if you understood that your life is not God's Plan B or Plan C - that it is always and only Plan A, designed specifically for you while you live in this fallen world?
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What is everything in your life was a part of His wise plan? What would happen to your anxiety level? How would that affect your confidence in God? But it's right here where we push back. You call what has happened to me the best possible circumstances for me right now? And it's going to produce the best possible outcome! What outcome is God shooting for? I lost my baby! My son was killed in a car wreck. The storm took everything I had. I got a pink slip. My husband beat me. You're telling me that this is the best! I can think of better ways toward better outcomes.
I don't buy it! All over this room, there are circumstances that defy any connection with this teaching. Those circumstances contradict phrases like "best possible" because they are awful, scaring, and painful. There are two things with which I want to plead with you to consider:. This is not the best of all possible worlds, but one that lies under the shadow of the Fall of man.
All creation groans and travails under the mighty shock of the Fall, when sin entered this world and death by sin. In this present evil world, God's wisdom does not necessarily shield His children from sin or calamity, nor punish wicked people in their sin. Right now, in His wisdom, "He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust" Matt.
But one day, all will be set right. You have His Word on that in places like Galatians where the Bible says, "Do not be deceived" Don't be fooled by the delay in the full execution of God's perfect justice so that you think that He lets the wicked off the hook : "God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap. Everything about God's plan to save us through Christ looked doomed to fail.
James NIV receiving generosity. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James NIV honesty peace. How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver! Proverbs NIV money materialism.
Ecclesiastes NIV life. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians NIV gentleness speaking. Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. Proverbs NIV anger. The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper. Proverbs NIV life mind. Do not deceive yourselves.
Wisdom of God
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin. Proverbs NIV speaking life. Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. James NIV humility life mind.
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
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Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm NIV planning heart. When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs NIV humility pride. For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord. Proverbs NIV eternal life God. Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.
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