How do we know God? Today’s Tuesday Tea-ology begins the subject of general revelation–the testimony of nature to God’s glory and power. Give it a watch!
We live in a time where we enjoy tremendous and unprecedented advances in knowledge. Not only do we have a great deal of knowledge about the world, but we apply this knowledge in ways that give us greater comfort, health, and security, than most people in the history of the world have experienced. But for all of our titanic knowledge, ours is an age deeply lacking in wisdom.
Wisdom is the transcendental virtue, the ability to discern what is true and good and beautiful. Knowledge tells us what can be done, but wisdom tells us what should be done. And great knowledge without great wisdom can be a very dangerous thing.
For the opposite of wisdom is folly, and the way of folly is the way of death. Folly cries out to those who pass by, tempting them with her offer; “But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead (Prov. 9:18, NIV). Increasing knowledge, without increasing wisdom, creates increasing opportunities for harm. The pursuit of wisdom is the pursuit of life. “The one who gets wisdom loves life” (Prov. 19:8).
But where can wisdom be found? We must start with God. God is the font of all wisdom. As the prophet Daniel declared, “wisdom and power are his…he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him” (Dan. 2:20, 22). We must have regard for God if we wish to be wise; “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Prov. 9:10). So it is impossible to acquire wisdom without repentance. Idolatry is folly, and we cannot find wisdom without turning away from idols and towards the all-wise God.
With reverence and confidence, the wise man looks to God for wisdom. 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 (Jas. 1:5). In prayer, we ask God to graciously give us wisdom from above. In devotion, we look to the Holy Bible, God’s written Word, and take His wisdom to heart.
Ultimately, the pursuit of wisdom centers on Christ. We are to know Christ, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3). Jesus Christ is the key to finding wisdom in this world of chaos and folly, light in the darkness, life eternal in the face of death. Christ “has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30).
Coming to Christ, giving ourselves to Him in faith, we return to a right relationship with God. In this relationship with our Creator, we gain understanding of our purpose and how to thrive in the cosmos He has made. Getting right with Him, we get to know what is right—what is true, beautiful, and good.
Jesus Christ, dawn of all hope, be my guiding star through the hours of night. You promise rest to those who come to you, an easy yoke and a light burden; let me rest in you, and cast my burdens before you. Eternal Wisdom, make me wise through devotion to you, and let my meditations turn upon your love and righteousness. Jesus, shelter me tonight.
Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, be my guide and strength today. You who evaded the wiles of the Pharisees, who turned back the temptations of Satan himself, be my wisdom in every question and my shield against sin. You who bore the cross for me, be my strength in every challenge and my fortitude in every sacrifice. You who came from Bethlehem to Golgotha, be my love for a lost and dying world. You who rose and reign forever, be my King and my glory today—Amen.
Spirit of Life, thank you for another day of life, and for breathing strength and joy into my life once again. Be light to my eyes and strength to my limbs, and guide my steps and words and deeds in this your day. Spirit of truth, fill my mind with understanding and my heart with the love of righteousness, so that I will please you. Spirit of hope, keep me in the good hope of the gospel, and unite me ever nearer with my Lord and Savior—Amen.
Righteous and Holy God, you are worthy of all adoration and praise. Wise and Powerful King, you are worthy of all wonder and awe. Gracious and Merciful Father, you are worthy of all thanks and love. Be praised in your holy majesty; be worshipped in your awesome might; be adored in your wonderful compassion; be glorified, Glorious God. Bless me tonight with thoughts of your worthiness—Amen.
Holy One, into our world of darkness and confusion, you have come—the Word of God. You have all wisdom and understanding; you are light and life. Be my light in the hours of night, and guide my thoughts in paths of goodness and peace. Holy Spirit, let me rest in union with the Son who came to be my peace. Great Father, reign over my thoughts and desires. Direct me in your way—Amen.
God of all wisdom, teach us to seek you and to conform our plans to yours. Even a righteous man, like Joseph, can lay plans that miss the wonder of your divine agenda. But you revealed to him the miracle of Christmas; teach us to place our plans before your revealed Word, so that we can walk in your light. Light in the darkness, Hope of the world, be my comfort and guide today.
Word of creation, born into this world, abide with me. You have made me and remade me; remake me still until I am molded into your likeness. You came to us and came to me; teach me to come after you even when I am still. Make the memory of your advent a fire within to move me, and a fire without to turn me from the path of sin. Let me pass this night in holiness and gratitude, and strengthen me for tomorrow—Amen.
In darkness as in light, you are light, Lord God. You were a pillar of fire to Israel; be also to me a flame in the night. Drive away all the shadows, Holy Light. In mercy, let me keep near to you until the day is new. Guide my thoughts and guard my soul from danger and temptation. Let me rest secure in the power of your glory. Warm my heart with your never-ending love. Bless me tonight, I ask—Amen.