THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
WISDOM OF GOD
February 17, 2020
The words of God give us wisdom. God’s wisdom shows
us the way to build our house on Rock. Since this is what
God wants to happen in our lives, He does give us wisdom.
“But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who
gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and he will be given
it.” (Jas 1:5). God wants us to live our lives for Him
and in Him, and He will certainly show us the way to go.
this should not just be a mindless or rote asking. Rather,
it must be about complete belief and trust in God. “But
he should ask in faith, not doubting, for the one who doubts
is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed about
by the wind.” (Jas 1:6). The one who does not listen
to nor act on God’s words is buffeted by the wind and
the waters. It is the same for the one who doubts God’s
words. His house will not stand. “For that person must
not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord, since
he is a man of two minds, unstable in all his ways.”
(Jas 1:7). We cannot both believe and not believe. We cannot
put our faith in God’s words but still doubt. We cannot
build our house on both rock and sand.
there are those who want to believe, but who also want some
kind of proof or sign. This was the way of the Pharisees,
who argued with Jesus, “seeking from him a sign from
heaven to test him.” (Mk 8:11). To have to seek a sign
is in effect not to believe in the testimony of God’s
words, or to doubt those words. What we need to do is to recognize
that God has spoken to His people and believe His words as
contained in His word, the Bible. To seek a sign is to test
God, and who are we to test God? So Jesus rightly rebuffed
the Pharisees. “Why does this generation seek a sign?
Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
(Mk 8:12). Rightly so.
has already given us His words and His laws. We just need
to listen to and act on them, in complete faith. Now what
we need and should ask for is wisdom. “You are good
and do what is good; teach me your statutes.” (Ps 119:68).
here is one major way by which we get to understand God’s
commands and ways. It is through suffering and affliction.
“It was good for me to be afflicted, in order to learn
your statutes.” (Ps 119:71). Why is that so? Well, the
cross was the chosen way of the Father for His Son, to win
salvation for the world. It is the same path for us as well.
Further, the cross makes us think not in terms of worldly
concepts and values, but on God’s inscrutable ways,
which are oftentimes totally contradictory to the wisdom of
the world. When God allows us to suffer, that is already the
way to godly wisdom. “For you know that the testing
of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance
be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking
in nothing.” (Jas 1:3-4). Let testing by affliction
lead you to be founded on Rock.
this is so, then such affliction should bring us joy. Here
we again see the difference between human and godly wisdom.
In the world, if we are afflicted, we are sad and dejected.
In the Lord, when we are afflicted, we rejoice. “Consider
it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials”
(Jas 1:2). What is the wisdom here? “I know, Lord, that
your judgments are righteous; though you afflict me, you are
faithful.” (Ps 119:75). We know that God is faithful
and will always be there for us. Whatever He allows to happen
in our lives will be right for us. We also know that He is
good and merciful, and promises to be with us to sustain and
strengthen us. “May your mercy comfort me in accord
with your promise to your servant.” (Ps 119:76).
to be founded on Rock is to listen to and act on God’s
words. We put our faith in God and on His words, which give
us wisdom. Let us wholeheartedly seek out and value God’s
words. “The law of your mouth is more precious to me
than heaps of silver and gold.” (Ps 119:72).