What incredible reminders that the Lord provides to remind us of his omnipotence. The bible is replete with passages that point to God’s creation and how it declares His glory.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5
How many times have you found yourself desperately in need of wisdom from God and praying like James describes in this passage? I have found myself in recent days struggling with some complex and challenging issues. By nature, I am an analytical, problem solver kind of person and it drives me nuts to not be able to figure something out or know how to fix it. As I wrestled in my own power, I was reminded of the passage in Proverbs 3:5-6 about leaning not “…on my own understanding…” My reading lead me to read all of Proverbs 3 to put that passage in context and maybe give me a bit more help with my issues. No surprise, the Lord had a more significant lesson in store for me.
In Proverbs 3:19-22 it says “The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; by his knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew.” I have read that verse many times but this time the words grabbed my heart, soul, and mind.
The Lord got me to thinking about my human wisdom (or lack thereof) and then my thoughts quickly turned to the nature of God’s wisdom. Quite honestly, I don’t think I have ever given much thought to the wisdom of God. I just knew He had it and I needed to ask for it.
Far too often I make God too small and forget the unlimited scale and power that he operates with. As I read through chapter 3 of Proverbs, I came to realize that when I ask God for wisdom, I am requesting wisdom from the God who, in his wisdom and knowledge, created the earth, the heavens, the seas, the sky, the dew, everything. From the immensity and choreography of the universes, to the amazing beauty of a baby being conceived. From the created beauty and grandeur of the bluest of oceans and snow-capped mountains, to the diversity of biology that sustains and mystifies us. All of it was planned, designed, created, and sustained by the wisdom of God. How amazing. How wonderful. How humbling.
Realizing just a glimpse of the magnitude of His wisdom, has changed my thinking completely. When I am in need of wisdom to deal with a trial in my life, why would I even think for a moment about trusting in my own wisdom. I simply need to turn and humbly ask God for His wisdom, the very wisdom that created the earth in which I live. He has perfect creation scale wisdom in unlimited abundance and he is ready and willing to share it with you and me.
That is the God that loves us, that cares about us, and that will give wisdom generously to all that ask. Praise God for his lavish gifts that he gives us each and every day.
There are some passages in Scripture that will take an eternity for me to fully fathom. Second Corinthians 12:9 is one of those passages. It is a truth statement from the Lord to Paul addressing the nature of His grace in the life of Paul as he deals with the reality of his “thorn in the side”. The Lord tells Paul
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
I kid you not…it will take an eternity! There is so much to this verse.
First there is the sufficiency of God’s grace. Whatever the situation, whatever the need, whatever the sin, whatever the failure, whatever the trial, whatever the time, no matter how high the mountain is or how low the valley goes…His grace is sufficient for me. His grace covers my sin. His grace grants me an eternity in His presence. His grace lets me see past the fog of fear and beyond the perils of pain. His grace is sufficient when mankind is ungracious.
Second, His grace gives evidence of His perfect power in my weakness! When I try to fix things on my own, remove the trial on my own, I fail to give God the opportunity to demonstrate His perfect power. Think about that for a second….my weakness is an opportunity to lean deeper still into His grace…into His perfect power and in that solution there is perfection. I can do nothing perfectly no matter how hard I might try. But by trusting in God’s grace in my weakness His perfection thrives.
I still do not understand it fully…but I understand it a little better. Every day, every trial, every weakness is yet another opportunity for me to look at those “thorns” in my life and to trust wholly in the powerful, all-sufficient, perfect grace of my Lord and Savior.