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From the Pastor’s Pen:
“God is All Wise...” (Romans 11:33)

Zachery Byrd

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“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)

On 60 Minutes, Google CEO SundarPichai was asked how AI(Artificial Intelligence) was able to learn autonomously. His answer was telling: “Let me put it this way. We don’t fully understand how the human mind works.” Isn’t that telling? Human beings cannot fully understand their own creation, nor can human beings fully understand themselves. If that is the case, how little do we understand about our own Creator? We confess that God is “all-wise,” but can we truly wrap our minds around that truth? At best, our knowledge is as specialized. Anyone who goes to the doctor can tell you all about “specialists,” and they can also tell you how much they simply do not know. Even our most specialized fields have limitations. God is infinite; His wisdom has no limitations.

Do we not see this in God’s creation? “In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” (Ps. 104:24) What can account for such diversity in this world, except for the all-wise mind of God? Any kindergarten teacher has seen a finite number of flowers and fish drawn, but scientists have yet to plumb the depths of God’s unique creation. Discoveries will continue to be made to keep mankind humble. Yet we see that this creation did not come from a group effort. Running alongside diversity, we see a great unity in this world. If you ask twelve people to build a house, each one designing their part in isolation from the others, that house will be the most unusual, the most dysfunctional house in town. Yet with all the diversity in this world, we see all things run in an orderly fashion. Order is the byproduct of wisdom.

Do we not see this in God’s providence? Nebuchadnezzar praises: “God does according to His will among the hosts of heaven.” (Dan. 4:35) Kingdoms rise, kingdoms fall as the rising and falling of the tide. Any purveyor of world history will see the same orderliness in world affairs as we see in the ocean. With perfect proportion, He waters both the lilies of the field and feeds the baby mockingbirds singing outside my office. Not a hair falls, not a leaf withers outside of God’s all-wise providence. He directs a seeming chaos into the well-ordered end of His glory.

But what of redemption? God’s all-wise ordering of affairs led to the crucifixion of the Lord of Glory by the hands of lawless men, and yet this death was part of the all-wise plan to bring sinners to everlasting life (1 Cor. 2:7-8). Here we see sin punished and the sinner forgiven, the justice of God displayed and the grace of God manifested, the strength of man-made null and the salvation of God made mighty. In every way, the all-wise God displays His wisdom in brightest hue by the salvation of sinners through the God-man, Jesus Christ.

Have you taken time to adore the wisdom of God? Have you gotten lost in the wonderful depths of His understanding? Has the wisdom of God dissolved the confusing chaos around? Let this worshipful posture bring peace to your soul.

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