Study: God’s Wisdom

Great is our Lord and abundant in strength;
His understanding is infinite.

— Psalm 147:5

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor?

— Romans 11:33-34

But God never has to agonize over a decision. He does not even have to deliberate within Himself or consult others outside of Himself. His wisdom is intuitive, infinite, and infallible…

— Jerry Bridges, Trusting God

Foreknowledge of future events is then founded up on God’s decrees; hence if God foreknows everything that is to be, it is because He has determined in Himself from all eternity everything which will be — ‘Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world’ (Acts 15:18), which shows that God has a plan, that God did not begin His work at random or without a knowledge of how His plan would succeed.

— A.W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God

A lesser wisdom than the Divine would feel impelled to forbid, to circumvent or to resist the outworking of these hellish plans. It is a fact that often God’s people try to do this themselves, or cry unceasingly to the Lord that He may do it. So it is that prayers often seem to lie unanswered. For we are being handled by a wisdom which is perfect, a wisdom which can achieve what it [intends] by taking hold of things and people which are meant for evil and making them work together for good.

— Anonymous, A Witness and a Testimony

And we know thatGod causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren…

— Romans 8:28-29

The good that God works for in our lives is conformity to the likeness of His Son. It is not necessarily comfort or happiness but conformity to Christ in ever-increasing measure in this life and in its fullness in eternity.

— Jerry Bridges, Trusting God

So we should never ask why in the sense of demanding that God explain or justify His actions or what He permits in our lives.

. . .

When I say we should never ask why, I am not talking about the reactive and spontaneous cry of anguish when calamity first befalls us or one we love. Rather, I am speaking of the persistent and demanding why that has an accusatory tone toward God in it. The former is a natural human reaction; the latter is a sinful human reaction.

. . .

But though we should never ask a demanding why, we may and should ask God to enable us to understand what He may be teaching us through a particular experience. But even here we must be careful that we are not seeking to satisfy our souls by finding some spiritual “good” in the adversity. Rather we must trust God that He is working in the experience for our good, even when we see no beneficial results.

— Jerry Bridges, Trusting God

I must interject here and say that it never occurred to me that my “finding some spiritual ‘good’ in the adversity” is equivalent to giving God excuses for the adversity. Instead of being content in God’s will and purpose, even if I don’t understand it, I scurry to find some reason why God is allowing certain challenges in my life. “Oh, it must be because of this sin in my life.” “I bet it’s to teach me this.”

It started as a plea for understanding and ended with me striving to “satisfy [my] soul”. It started out God-centric and ended up me-centric.

How convicting!! I should be completely satisfied in Christ’s work in me and God’s perfect plan for the world, and instead I scrape up pathetic explanations for God’s “questionable behavior” in my life. Perhaps I’m not openly demanding “Why?” like Job, but I am no better than he, because I am unsatisfied with the knowledge of God’s work and grace in my life.

“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

And finally:

It is not only an irreverent act to question God’s wisdom, it is also spiritually debilitating. We not only besmirch God’s glory, we also deprive ourselves of the comfort and peace that comes by simply trusting Him without requiring an explanation. An unreserved trust of God, when we don’t understand what is happening or why, is the only road to peace and comfort and joy. God wants us to honor Him by trusting Him, but He also desires that we experience the peace and joy that come as a result.”

— Jerry Bridges, Trusting God

 

 

 

 

P.S. I am a complete word nerd and have to say: don’t you just love the word “besmirch”?

That is all.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s