Our entire life we are trained to navigate life’s obstacles by doing what WE think is best. “Listen to your heart,” is the message promoted by Hollywood. As long as the circumstances are controllable, it generally works out. However, when situations befall us that reveal our powerlessness and the futility of our own wisdom—what then? When none of the “experts” have answers, it is then, my friend, that we often find ourselves headed for despair. We find that no amount of money, science, technology, or human power can give us the peace and wisdom we need to weather some types of storms. Especially, the kind of storms that seem senseless. Interestingly enough, we tend to blame God—even when we were not trusting Him in the first place.
Don’t wait for the valley of despair to learn the truth about WHO you can completely trust for the answers to the problems of life.
Start now! In the book of Job, we see a man who suffered unimaginable losses. He was rich, had a large family, was well-respected, healthy, and—he was a VERY godly man—caring for the poor and the downtrodden (Job 29). Within days, he inexplicably lost it all. His “wise” and “godly” friends; indeed, even his wife, surmised he had sinned and God was punishing him. They sorely misjudged the wisdom of God. We ALL often do.
But, God is so good that He provides a way for us to have His divine wisdom at our disposal!
Of God’s wisdom, Job said:
Where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?
Man does not know its value, nor is it found in the land of the living.
The deep says, “It is not in me” and the sea says, “It is not with me.”
It cannot be purchased for gold, nor can silver be weighed for its price. It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in precious onyx or sapphire. Neither gold nor crystal can equal it, nor can it be exchanged for jewelry of fine gold.
From where then does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding?
It is hidden from the eyes of all living, and concealed from the birds of the air.
Destruction and Death say, “We have heard a report about it with our ears.”
God understands its way, and He knows its place.
For He looks to the ends of the earth, and sees under the whole heavens, to establish a weight for the wind, and apportion the waters by measure.
When He made a law for the rain, and a path for the thunderbolt, then He saw wisdom and declared it; He prepared it, indeed, He searched it out.
And to man He said, “Behold, the fear of the Lord, THAT is WISDOM, and to depart from evil is understanding.“Job 28:12-17, 20-28
We may never completely understand what happened to Job, or the inexplicably terrible things that happen to us; but we can know this—that our God is trustworthy! There is a vast difference between God’s “divine wisdom,” and our human wisdom. Job and his friends lacked divine wisdom to interpret Job’s circumstances accurately and we often do too—especially when we are buried in the throes of our own sorrow.
Divine wisdom is rare and priceless.
We cannot purchase it. God possesses it all. When we know Him, we know what we need to know most. He does the rest. We can trust the ONE who believed that we were worth dying for. This knowledge should strongly motivate us to draw as close to Him as possible! That is why God says that man’s best wisdom is found by fearing God (making Him the Lord of our life) and living righteously. The miraculous thing is that, when we’re living close to God, it allows us to operate in HIS wisdom. This is especially critical when we’re going through tough times because—although we may not know WHY it is happening—we KNOW we can trust God.
When we are born again, we have taken the first step towards living in God’s divine wisdom. The more we intentionally place God in control of our life, the more that our way of thinking is transformed. Only then will we realize our suffering presents another opportunity to accelerate our trust in His wisdom. God has a unique plan and purpose for each of us.
The closer we live to God, the more we experience the presence of Divine wisdom.
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