January 30, 2016

God’s Wisdom

Jeremiah 10:11-16

God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.

—  Jeremiah 10:12

Some people have said that today we have lots of information but little wisdom. The Internet is full of celebrity scandals and hints about ways to lose unwanted fat. But when it comes to issues like untangling the confusion of life or achieving peace in the Middle East, we are at a loss. Such wisdom is beyond us.

Francis Collins is a researcher in the Human Genome Project. He helped map the DNA code that determines the characteristics of our bodies. Collins has called DNA a part of the language of God. God speaks to us through the wisdom by which he created us, the world and the universe.

And yet you don’t have to be a scientist to glimpse the wisdom of God. Jesus said, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). Sadly, many who are considered wise in this world have rejected the wisdom of God.

God gave Solomon wisdom, enabling him to see through lies and deception. The wisdom of Jesus that cut through religious hypocrisy while still leading his followers to God makes us think hard, for our understanding is slow. But don’t be discouraged. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5).

Lord, give us ears to hear and eyes to see your wisdom. Make us teachable, that we may have wisdom from you to cope with the issues of life. Amen.

About the author — George Young

George Young, a native New Yorker, worked as a taxi driver in New York City before studying to become a pastor. Then he, his wife Ruth, and their children were missionaries for many years in northeastern Japan. They worked with ministers and believers from the Reformed Church in Japan to spread the good news of salvation in Christ and ­establish new churches. Now George and Ruth are retired and live in the northeastern United States, nearer to their children and grandchildren.

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