The Attributes of God – Wisdom

Yesterday my family and I read in our after breakfast Bible reading time the section on God’s wisdom, the attribute by which He applies His knowledge to choosing the best goals and the best means to achieve those goals, in Chapter 12, “The Character of God: ‘Communicable’ Attributes (Part 1),” of Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology (Zondervan, 1994).

Paul describes God as “the only wise God” in Romans 16:27, and Job attributes wisdom to Him in Job 9:4 and 12:13–
– (9:4) “He is wise in heart and mighty in strength–who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded?” (ESV; all Bible quotations are from the ESV)
– (12:13) “With God is wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding.”

God’s wisdom is seen specifically in creation, the gospel, and our lives, as is shown by these Bible passages:
– (creation) “O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures” (Psalm 104:24).
– (the gospel) “We preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:23-24).
– (our lives) “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

That God’s wisdom is communicable in part to us is asserted in such Bible passages as the following:
– “The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple” (Psalm 19:7b).
– “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10a).
– “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5).

However God’s wisdom is not fully communicable, as is recognized by Paul in Romans 11:33, “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and unscrutable his ways!” Thus sometimes we can’t understand why He allows something to happen and just have to trust Him.

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