Monday, 11 November 2013

Thoughts on God's wisdom (2)

God’s wisdom is at work continually and here are four ways in which it is seen. 

First, the creation reveals the wisdom of God. We see his wisdom in the way everything fits together, for example, why the light of stars so many million light years away should shine precisely when life on earth needs it. We see his wisdom in that the whole creation is designed for the use of humans and would have been so in far grander ways if they had not rebelled. And we see divine wisdom reflected in the wisdom possessed by Adam when he was ably to codify the animal creation; such human wisdom is an evidence of the image of God. It is good for us to meditate on God’s wisdom in creation. Stephen Charnock, the Puritan scholar who wrote a massive work on the attributes of God, said that ‘as every river can conduct us to the sea, so every creature points us to an ocean of infinite wisdom.’ In Psalm 104:24, the psalmist cries in worship: ‘O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.’

Second, providence (God‘s governing of life) reveals the wisdom of God. We see this in the biblical accounts of Bible characters. Jacob once uttered that everything was against him, a feeling that we all have at times, but he was wrong to say so, and so are we if we are depending on God. Psalm 107 describes various ways in which God deals with his creatures. The psalm closes with an appeal to reflect on such providences: ‘Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD’ (Ps. 107:43).

Third, the incarnation of Jesus reveals the wisdom of God. Man’s rebellion against God, in a way far beyond our human understanding, did not frustrate God’s wisdom but, instead, was part of the process whereby his wisdom could be displayed in a manner that no human could have imagined. It was always God’s plan that his Son should become the Saviour by becoming a man and suffering God’s justice against our sins. Many impossibilities were overcome by the incarnation: union of God and man in one person; conception without the contribution of the male parent; a sinless child born of a sinful woman; etc. Only the wisdom of God achieved those accomplishments. 

Fourth, the gospel reveals the wisdom of God. Although many regard the gospel as foolishness, it is the only means whereby an innumerable number of sinners will get to heaven. By listening to the explanation of the sufferings of a crucified Saviour, such are drawn to him and discover the wisdom of God. This is why aspects of the gospel are called ‘mysteries’ in the New Testament; the word does not mean ‘mysterious’, rather it means details that humans could not discover but have been disclosed by the wise God.

These four aspects should enable us to confess that God is truly wise.

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