Not Just All-Knowing

books-768426_1920 - pixabay use freelyMany of us are very familiar with the idea that God is all-knowing.  Knowing everything, about everything is the essence of  being God.  Yet many of us routinely accuse the Lord of being too slow, too manipulative, or just plain mean. Throughout the scriptures God asks men and women to wait for Him to work out all the details of His plan for their lives.  When this happens to us, we might begin to complain that God is not fair or perhaps that He is not even trustworthy to manage the details of our careers, family relations, or health.  We’ll freely admit that He knows all the facts, but we may not be willing to admit He is wise in applying that knowledge to our specific situation.

It’s like saying that God has the knowledge of all the books in the library but doesn’t know how to make that information practical to our lives.  Does this sound familiar?   When we, in our anxiety, begin to think that God is not treating us the way we should be treated, we are accusing Him of not putting all His knowledge to “wise” use for us.

It should be a huge relief and wonderful assurance that God takes all He knows and puts that knowledge to the wisest use possible.  He is wise.  He knows what He’s doing in your life.  Trust His wisdom.  He will work out His perfect will if we just surrender to His wise counsel, direction, and control.

In the Navigator’s tool “30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God” we’re asked to pray to an all-wise Father.

quoting from the Navigator tool:

God is wise.

All God’s acts are accomplished through His infinite wisdom. He always acts for our good, which is to conform us to Christ. Our good and His glory are inextricably bound together.

The Lord by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He established the heavens. By His knowledge the deeps were broken up And the skies drip with dew.  Proverbs 3:19-20 

We all long to be wise.  In many ways it is a human weakness.  I mean that in the sense that we are willing to try all kinds of paths to “enlightenment” as long as we feel in control along the way.  This desire to achieve wisdom on our own terms goes all the way back to the very first sin mentioned in the Bible.

In Genesis, Eve is tempted by the devil.  She is told to go ahead and consume the fruit God has forbidden to eat.  She looks at the “apple.” Take a look at what goes through her mind.

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.       Genesis 3:6  

Do you notice how quickly she takes matters into her own hands and, in a desire to be wise, she disobeys God and sin comes into the world?  Before we come down too hard on Eve don’t we do the exact same thing when we refuse to wait on God’s wise plan for our lives?  And we then make our decisions with a hasty prayer for God to bless us in what we’ve decided to do in accordance with our own wisdom and perspective.  We are, by our thoughts and deeds, not treating God as the wise God He is.

to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.         Romans 16:27  

With Him are wisdom and might; To Him belong counsel and understanding.         Job 12:13  

As we pray, let’s ask God to give us the grace to wait for Him to reveal His wisdom for our lives.  The Father’s desire is to be faithful to a trusting, patient believer. He is perfect and wise in all the details and timing of His plans for you.

Think about it.


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