13 November 2012

Thanksgiving Challenge, Day 13

Day #13: I'm thankful that God is infinitely wise.

When I was a child, my family used a lot of different methods for family devotions. My dad read through various parts of the Bible, used devotional books, and told Bible stories. My mom drew pictures, donned crazy costumes, and even created lovable characters such as Mordecai Mouse to teach Scriptural truth. But most of the time we read Proverbs. The book has 31 chapters to correspond to the days of the month and is practical and easy to understand, so we read a Proverb a day for most of my childhood.

I remember Proverbs 8 particularly well. Here, Wisdom personified speaks about her qualities. "The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be. . . . I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. Then I was constantly at his side I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind" (Proverbs 8:22-31). In my childish mind, I saw Wisdom as this little sprite with wings hovering near God as he created the world and laughing and clapping her hands in delight when she saw him make the animals and humans! 

As I was preparing to write this post, I realized I don't have a good working definition of wisdom other than as a sprite! So to the internet I went. This article (which I did not read in its entirety and thus cannot vouch for!) quotes J.I. Packer: "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 fulness only in God. He alone is naturally and entirely and invariable wise."

So to put it in my own words, to say that God is all wise means he knows what is best for me and how to bring it about in my life. And he has the power to make it happen! 

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