God is Trustworthy Because He is Infinite in Wisdom
“Wisdom is the power to see, and the inclination to choose, the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it. Wisdom is, in fact, the practical side of moral goodness. As such, it is found in its fullness only in God. He alone is naturally and entirely and invariable wise.” J.I. Packer, Knowing God
I live in the Pacific Northwest, where the beauty of God’s creation is hard to miss. Today I looked out onto Lake Washington, where sparkly diamond waves and blue water reflected the sun and sky, set against a backdrop of the snow capped Olympic Mountains. I turn another way, and see the majesty of Mt. Rainier, and to the east, I see the towering Cascade Mountains. As I type, I’m listening to the timeless sweet notes of Nocturne No.2, with gratitude for the musical talent that God chose to bless Chopin with. No, the sovereignty of God, as ruler and creator of everything is not something that I have a hard time accepting.
But this next thing, the infinite wisdom of God, isn’t always as easy for me. This is where I say, Holy Spirit, help me believe, and he does. I’ve already told you about my own personal heartache, when I asked, why. I don’t need to point out the cruelty that’s ever present in this world. It’s everywhere. I can’t stop thinking about the twenty-one Coptic Christians in Egypt who were recently murdered by ISIS for their faith. It’s hard not to ask, why.
This is normal, and it’s okay to cry out to God in anguish and ask, why. The Psalms are full of this natural reaction to pain. God called David a man after is his own heart, and yet it was David who said things like, “O God, why do you cast us off forever?” in the first verse of Psalm 74. But David didn’t stay in that place of questioning. In the 22 verse of Psalm 74, he says, “Let not the downtrodden turn back in shame, let the poor and needy praise your name. “
It’s when the whys become persistent, accusatory, and demanding, that it’s a problem. This isn’t trusting. God does not owe us an explanation. Sometimes he chooses to show us why, and sometimes we may never know the answer. We can take our questions to God, but then we need to rest in him, in who he is, in his sovereignty, wisdom, and love.
God’s ways are mysterious, but we know that he is infinite in wisdom.
“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” Romans 11:33
So if we know this…
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” Romans 8:28-29
…. then we can trust that God knows what he’s doing, even when we can’t see it. His ultimate purpose is for his glory, and for us to share in it, by becoming more like his son. He knows what we need to get there.
I can believe that God is sovereign (in control), and I can believe that he has infinite wisdom (that he knows the best way to accomplish his purposes), but if it weren't for this next thing, I would still be afraid of God. The phrase, fear not, is liberally scattered throughout the bible. Why? Because God is perfect in love. I'll talk about that next time.