The Wisdom of God

by Daniel Denk

"And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light."- Gen. 1:3

When we reflect on the wisdom of our great God, we might direct our thoughts to Proverbs or Job. But have you considered the amazing wisdom demonstrated in the creation account? Recently, I was again reading this familiar story very casually, and the impact of these amazing events jumped out at me in a fresh way.

We of course remember the unique aspect of the creating work of God in that it was ex nihilo, out of nothing. But this is not only true in the sense that God started with no material substance. God made light when there had never been any concept of light before. He not only formed the physical properties of light, he created the whole idea of light.

The same is true with the rest of the acts of creation. How does one conceive of matter or water or fire, when these have never existed before? Of course, for God, this is no great feat. However, the creation account in Genesis is a powerful testimony of our God's great wisdom.

When God went about creating all of this, he did it with such prolific variety and lavishness. Occasionally, even those of us who work at Cedar Campus take time to notice the intricacies of God's creative work here. Even a square foot of ground reveals amazing varieties of plants and insects and rocks. On top of this we see the abundance of colors and shapes, birds and flowers. And the people – they are wonders of God's handiwork.

What a creative, wise, surprising, generous God we serve! How do we respond to this God?

We offer him our praise

     Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
     In light inaccessible hid from our eyes.
     Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
     Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.

The hymn writer captures our inescapable response to the only wise God. He is worthy of far greater praise than we can ever offer. We join with the rest of creation in extolling his name. With the psalmist, we "ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name" (Ps. 29:2).

This is a God we can trust

This is a God we can trust with our lives, our futures, and our dreams. We can trust him with our children and our finances. If he is the Mastermind behind the whole creation, then we can depend on his power and wisdom, even in times of confusion and crisis.

John White tells the story of his wayward son, who caused much trouble and hardship to his parents. Even during his rebellion, he would sometimes show up at home and say, "Dad, let's sing that old hymn that we used to sing." It went like this:

     Still will we trust though earth seem dark and dreary,
     And the heart faint beneath his chastening rod;
     Though rough and steep our pathway, worn and weary,
     Still will we trust in God.