God Most Wise
Posted under The Rectory Bulletin | Westminster Confession of Faith
to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen. (Romans 16:27)
The great explosion of the internet has demonstrated that there is a world of difference between knowledge and wisdom. It is now a perfectly straightforward task to gather information about something or other. Google away and you can build up your knowledge, but that should not be confused with wisdom. To be clever doesn’t stop you being daft. Knowledgeable people simply make better informed mistakes.
Wisdom is knowing what to do with the knowledge you have.
To understand that God is wise, means that he is timeless and trustworthy in all that he says. There are parts of the Bible which might pull you up short, or which grate against modern opinions. There are other parts which don’t seem to make much sense in a world where personal gain is valued. Why should you give away some of your money? Why should you care for the weak? Why did Jesus not speak out at his trial? Why did he allow himself to be crucified?
The short answer to all of these is: because it was the wisdom of God. A wisdom which takes a wider view, and transcends modern fads, fashions and trends. The history of the world is littered with horrors which seemed wise at the time. As soon as we discover we can do something, we assume that we should do that thing. The philosophies and practices of a previous age now seem outrageous, and statues are pulled down. But what is to stop our generation being viewed in the same way by our great-great grandchildren?
No. Better to seek the wisdom of the “Immortal, invisible, God only wise”.