What is God?
God is a spirit, whose being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth are infinite, eternal, and unchangeable.
Ex. 3:14, Ps. 90:2, Mal. 3:6, Jas. 1:17, Kgs. 8:27, Jer. 23:24, Is. 40:22
Ps. 147:5, Rom 16:27
Gn. 17:1, Rv. 19:16
” We must closely attend to the word of God, for that is the word of wisdom, which is able to make us wise unto salvation, v. 1,2. We must be CONVINCED that the words of God are the fountain and standard of wisdom and understanding, …We must INCLINE OUR EAR and APPLY OUR HEARTS to them, as to wisdom or understanding itself. Many wise things may be found in human compositions, but divine revelation, and true religion built upon it, are all wisdom. We must, accordingly, receive the word of God with all readiness of mind, and bid it welcome, even the commandments as well as the promises, without murmuring or disputing. Speak, Lord, for thy servant hears….”
“…Even wise men must hear, and not think themselves too wise to learn. A wise man is sensible of his own defects (Plurima ignoro, sed ignorantiam meam non ignoro – I am ignorant of many things, but not of my own ignorance), and therefore is still pressing forward, that he may increase in learning, may know more and know it better, more clearly and distinctly, and may know better how to make use of it. As long as we live we should strive to increase in all useful learning….” page 649 vol. 3
Why do we waste so much time spinning our wheels to “arrive”? Where is it we are trying to go? Who are we trying to keep up with? Is the grass really greener on the other side?
Resting in His love, mercy, greatness, and trusting that His sovereign plan is what He wants for us is not always easy or reachable in a given moment. When an accident happens or job loss occurs, for example, it may be really easy to kindle bitterness and questioning. Some people learn through health challenges that they must rest in the Lord. When we realize afresh our utter dependence on HIm, when we are sick or needy or hurting we are broken by Him and we learn more of humility and our need of a Saviour. We must always cling to Christ or Lord, He who endured every kind of suffering, pain and affliction.
The Proverbs are so much a HUGE TREASURE CHEST of wisdom……….more gleanings are coming. I’m struck by the breadth of issues covered; foibles and follies of human relationships are dealt with throughout the book.