Fear, Love, Trust, Hate – The Consequences of Divine Wisdom

Why does the wisdom of God matter? Take a look at the following verses:

Fear

If we’re to have any wisdom ourselves we must understand and embrace the fear of the Lord. Fearing Him is the essence of wisdom, and from fearing Him we’ll gain insight, a knowledge of the Holy One, and good understanding.

-Prov. 1:7, ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.’

-Prov. 9:10, ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.’

-Ps. 111:10, ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, all who practice it have a good understanding.’

Trust/Hope/Confidence

Knowing the depths and the riches of the wisdom of God encourages our hearts to trust (as Leibniz would’ve done) God’s plans purposes for us in life. He knows what is beat for us, He knows what we need, and in His infinite wisdom He governs and guides our whole life. Romans 8:28 gives us a ballast in the midst of a topsy-turvy world.

-Romans 8:28, ‘And we know that God causes all things to work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.’

Love/Seek Wisdom

Because God has wisdom, we should love His wisdom, seek it out, delight in it, see Christ as it, see the Spirit giving it, read it in the Word, and worship with it.

-Ask for wisdom – James 1:5, ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.’

-Delight in wisdom – Ps. 51:6, ‘Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.’

-Jesus is wisdom – John 1:14-17, ‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about Him, and cried out, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because He was before me.’”) For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.’ John 14:6, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me.’

-The Spirit gives wisdom – John 14:17, 15:26, 16:13

-God’s Word is wisdom – John 8:32, ‘You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ John 17:17, ‘Your Word is truth.’ Psalm 119:160, ‘The sum of Your Word is truth.’ Isaiah 45:19, ‘I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, ‘Seek me in vain.’ I the LORD speak the truth; I declare what is right.’

-Worship in wisdom – John 4:23-24, ‘But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’ Col. 3:16, ‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.’

Hate/Flee Falsehood

The opposite is just as true. Just as we’re to love it and seek it, because of this we naturally would hate and flee from falsehood.

-Prov. 13:5, ‘The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace.’

-John 8:44, ‘You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.’

-Rom. 1:18, ‘For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.’ (v22 also ‘Claiming to be wise, they became fools.’)

-John 18:38, ‘Pilate said to Him, ‘What is truth.’’

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