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God is Wisdom, He is Wise

Day Nineteen
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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Perfect wisdom

The One True God's wisdom is perfect. He always sees and chooses the best and highest goals, and uses the surest means to achieve them. God's judgments and decisions are absolutely right. God is wise because He perfectly uses His knowledge and understanding. God's wisdom allows Him to take His knowledge and bring about the best results through the best means in everything He has done, is doing, and will do throughout eternity. (Job 12:13). Wisdom comes from God, so all true wisdom is certainly found through and in Him.

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! Romans 11:33 NASB®

Jesus is God's Wisdom

Jesus Christ alone embodies God's wisdom (Romans 16:27). God's wisdom knew the only way we can get to heaven is through Jesus. When some people hear the way to be saved and to go to heaven is to believe in Jesus, they think it is too simple minded, so it is foolishness to them. But God in His wisdom and love did what needed to be done to save us, and to make the means of salvation a simple message. Great human wisdom wasn't needed, but only belief in the One crucified.

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, "I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE." Where is the wise man?...Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 NASB®

The only wise God and us

Human wisdom is nothing compared to God's perfect wisdom. Human wisdom is the ability to make sound judgments and choices based on our knowledge, understanding, and experience. It's a virtue that every leader should want and every person should seek. As you know, some people are a lot wiser than others. Years ago, a neighbor painted his house a bright purple that everyone in the neighborhood was either mad about or joked about. I asked the guy, "Why such a wild, unusual color?" He said, "I was unwise by allowing my 8 year old daughter to pick the color for our house. And then I didn't bother to try out that paint color before I gave it to the painters." God's infinite wisdom is always perfect; where at times human wisdom isn't very wise, and can be, should we say, unbelievably foolish, or irrational, or worse.

Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Corinthians 2:6-8 NASB®

Our wisdom

God's wisdom literally lives within you, wanting to give you the knowledge, understanding, and yes, the experience you need to act wisely as a Christian. Yet, our capacity to be wise or have good judgment comes from a strong relationship with our wise God - a relationship of intentional trust and prayer, letting His Spirit lead and apply His Word to our lives. (1 Corinthians 2:12-13).

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7 NASB®

God wants to give you His wisdom. He tells you to ask for wisdom in James 1:5, and He will give it to you. Wouldn't you rather have the wisdom of the ages (God's wisdom) instead of man's limited wisdom? Do you ask God for wisdom?

...For wisdom and power belong to Him...He gives wisdom to wise men, and knowledge to men of understanding. Daniel 2:20-21 NASB®

God's wisdom and power

Because of God's immeasurable power and wisdom working together, the universe and earth are a perfect habitat for us and life (Psalm 104:24; Proverbs 3:19; Colossians 1:16-17).

My husband, Tom, who is a physicist says:

The sun, moon, and other heavenly bodies all follow their courses in perfect precision; atoms form molecules perfect for life; the earth is a perfect distance from the sun, and the sun is a perfect distance from the center of the Milky Way; light travels at exactly the right speed; even the strength of electric, magnetic, gravitational, and nuclear forces all have exactly the right values; if any of these things were different, we could not exist on the earth. Scientists call this the anthropic principle, and they have no explanation on why these things should be. However, those of us who know the Creator understand it was His power and wisdom that "fine tuned" our world and universe for us.

Since God can perfectly create life and keep it perfectly sustained, shouldn't you put your trust in God? Do you trust in God? It's the wise thing to do. (Daniel 6:23)


Life Application

Wisdom applied

These passages talk about what God wants you to do. Read Colossians 1:9-12, 3:12-17; James 1:5. Write down a few wise things you should be doing.

This passage compares two types of wisdom: God's beneficial wisdom to human wisdom that can bring disorder even evil. Read James 3:13-17. Summarize this passage.


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