SPF 112: The Wisdom & Ways of God (+ectopic pregnancy)

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.” God’s wisdom means that God knows the best way to the highest end, which is His Glory and our good. God’s glory and His wisdom are intimately connected. Today we are talking about the wisdom of God and three things He does through His wisdom, plus ways we can prove faithful when considering the wisdom of God.

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God’s Ways

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9

God’s wisdom means that God knows the best way to the highest end, which is His Glory and our good. God’s glory and His wisdom are intimately connected.

Because of God’s wisdom, God is always accomplishing the best way to glorify Himself and bring good to us. That means all things that are happening, God is conforming to the pattern of His will by his wisdom and might.

Job 9:4 says “God is wise in heart and mighty in strength, who has hardened himself against him and succeeded?”

Job 12:13 says, “with God are wisdom an might, he has counsel and understanding.”

God’s wisdom is unfathomable!

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”  For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:33-36

God is wisdom.

Romans 16 tells us that God is the only wise God and it’s to His glory forevermore through Jesus Christ; Colossians 2:3 teaches us that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are found in Christ.

"If a person does not know Christ they have not one drop of wisdom at all, they are all just clever fools.” - Dr. Steven Lawson

Those who seem wise without Christ cannot actually be wise for they are forsaking their very soul for condemnation. 

But if we have Christ, we have wisdom; when we fear the Lord we have wisdom. Wisdom is from above and and pure and points us to magnifying the name of God.

Through God’s wisdom:

Number 1: By God’s Wisdom He Created

O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all Psalm 104:24

It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens Jeremiah 10:12

The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; by his knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew Proverbs 3:19–20

God’s creation testifies to His attribute of wisdom - By God’s wisdom - His understanding - He created the world and all that is in it. And not only this - but his wisdom in creation testifies to His glory!!!  

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Number 2: By God’s Wisdom there is providence 

And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified. Romans 8:28-30

Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in misery and chains, because they rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High. He humbled their hearts with hard labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the LORD for His loving devotion and His wonders to the sons of men. For He has broken down the gates of bronze and cut through the bars of iron. Psalm 107:10-16

Number 3: By God’s wisdom we have salvation

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

Only God alone could have planned out the way for men to be reconciled to HIm. God knew this plan from the beginning and in His wisdom He planned it and accomplished it.

Mankind has been inventing ways to get to God and continue to do so. It’s always by their own power, always by their own thoughts and ways and it never works.

Only God could think of this plan to deliver His Son over to be our sin so that we might become the righteousness of God. 

1 Corinthians 1:18 says, For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

and in vs 24 “but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”

Our salvation is from the wisdom of God.

Three Things To Prove Faithful with Knowing God’s Wisdom

  1. Acknowledge the wisdom of God is above our own and rejoice in it. We are the creation and the Creator has the ultimate wisdom in all things!! By God’s grace when we hear the hard things we can say that God’s ways are above ours and actually take comfort in that.  Which leads to. . .

  2. Rest in God’s wise providence and take joy that He is working all things out to bring Himself glory and our Good which means being more like Christ. When I’m in those season of trials, it’s good to keep thanking God and to keep knowing Him in His Word. And when I want to seize control, to relent. To ask for grace and mercy in my time of need to have a willing heart and mind to follow the Lord where He goes.

  3. Know the wisdom of God in Scripture and teach it to your children. You can incorporate the wisdom of God in normal conversations when you talk about science or nature or history. By His wisdom He made the world, he makes plans, he fulfills plans. He alone is wise.

Resources

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Dr. Steven Lawson Wisdom of God Talk - https://www.ligonier.org/learn/daily-video/2019/02/07/the-wisdom-of-god/

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