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Key Verse: Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! Romans 11:33
Theodore Levitt, a famous professor from Harvard Business School, once stated, ‘Experience comes from what we have done, but wisdom comes from what we have done badly.’ This observation is mostly true. We should always learn from our mistakes. Job 12:12 says “Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to the old.” When it comes to God, He has never learned from his mistakes, because He has never made a mistake. Psalm 147:5 rejoices, “How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!”
We have previously seen that God is all-knowing. God knows everything about everything. But Wisdom is not merely knowledge; it is applying that knowledge in the best way. We live in a day where we have masses of information available to us via the internet, yet very little wisdom. J. I. Packer wrote in his book Knowing God: “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.” God simply cannot make bad plans, because he knows all, from beginning to end. Scripture repeatedly calls God all-wise beyond measure and our understanding.
- By his wisdom, the foundations of the earth were laid.
- By his wisdom, the sun and moon were placed perfect rotation.
- By his wisdom, our bodies are knitted together inside our mother’s womb.
- By his wisdom, everything remains in balance on the earth and has done since creation.
The book of Proverbs is a book of godly wisdom imparted to us by God through the writer to us. Not only does it inform us how to act wisely, but it tells us to seek wisdom above all. James 1:5 instructs us the same, saying “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”
We have an all-wise God who is in control of every situation, and who we can turn to for perfect wisdom in all life’s storms. Proverbs 3:13 reminds us, “Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.”