Humbled by God’s Wisdom and Knowledge
Recently, I started “The Explicit Gospel” by Matt Chandler & Jared Wilson. In the first chapter, Chandler wrote about God; about how everything comes from Him and is His; about how God is infinitely wise and knowing. Therefore God has no obligation to us, instead everything is a gift of grace and mercy from Him. Chandler wrote about how it is impossible to understand the ways of God in their entirety. Although God has revealed Himself to us enough for salvation, He has revealed the entirety of His wisdom and knowledge. There is an infinite amount to know of God, and what He has done, and what He does, and will do.
This is really humbling for someone like me. If you know me well, you’ve probably realized I tend to herald knowledge. I view it as a key to unlocking so much, which it is. In almost any discussion I have where I am talking about something that could change or use improvement I usually say something like, “If they only knew..” or “If people would just educate themselves about this..” or “I wish they could just understand ________ so that they could ______. A lot of times this is good and true, but knowledge isn’t infallible. As humans we are limited to a finite measure of knowledge that is prone to errors and misunderstanding. Yet God is wholly perfect in his understanding, because He is the source of everything. All of the world’s understanding, past, present, and future, pales in comparison to God’s knowledge. Which is unnerving for a prideful person like myself. I want to be able to logically deduce everything about God, and to be able to perfectly communicate His ways, but I can’t fully do so, because they are inscrutable. So I have to take my place and humbly submit to His grace and wisdom. He has revealed enough of Himself and his plan to me that I understand it is supereminent, but not enough to always understand why.
I saw picture of what this looks like when watching a movie about the Amish community that suffered through a school shooting and then forgave the killer. There have always been a couple things I admire about the Amish. Their simple way of life and plains of dress hold a sort of allure in my mind. More than that, I have been drawn to their humbleness, particularly towards God. They willingly submit to God in what they do, to the point where the pastor in the movie, after being asked how he could forgive the killer, said, “It is not our place to decide who dies or who lives, that is wholly God’s business.” I want that faith and humility. It is a beautifully appropriate response to the grace of Christ. After God had allowed everything to be taken from Job, he said it a little differently but with the same humbleness, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” Job 1:21
I want the faith and humility of the amish pastor and Job, I want to trust in God as the infinite source of wisdom and power He is. My life is His, and I pray that it be solely for His glory.
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! (Romans 11:33 ESV)