The Wisdom of God

As we look at the world around us it’s easy to conclude that if there is a God, he must be broken because we live in such a broken world.  But what if the problem isn’t with God but with our view of God?  Could it be that our broken view of God has led to the brokenness in our lives and the world around us?  A.W. Tozer once said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”  What comes into your mind when you think about God?   What if it really is the most important thing about you?   Join us for our series BROKEN GOD as we piece together the true attributes of God’s character and what it means for bringing wholeness to our lives.

Teaching Notes

THE WISDOM OF GOD 

Chip Ingram 

Awakening Church 

May 15, 2022 

Introduction: What is the biggest challenge you’re facing in  your life right now? 

“To believe actively that our Heavenly Father constantly spreads around  us providential circumstances that work for our present good and our  everlasting well-being brings to the soul a veritable benediction. 

Most of us go through life praying a little, planning a little, jockeying for  position, hoping but never being quite certain of anything, and always  secretly afraid that we will miss the way. This is a tragic waste of truth and  never gives rest to the heart. 

There is a better way. It is to repudiate our own wisdom and take instead  the infinite wisdom of God. Our insistence upon seeing ahead is natural  enough, but it is a real hindrance to our spiritual progress. 

God has charged Himself with full responsibility for our eternal happiness  and stands ready to take over the management of our lives the moment  we turn in faith to Him.” 

 - A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy 

What a difference it would make in life’s most difficult times if we could believe that God is "all wise!” 

Question: How can we learn to rest and trust in the wisdom of  God?

Defining the Wisdom of God

  • Definition: “that attribute of God whereby He produces the  best possible results by the best possible means” - Berkhof 
  • Definition: “the quality of being wise; power of judging  rightly and following the soundest course of action based  on knowledge, experience, and understanding.”  

Root words – ‘to see, to know’ - Webster 

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God,  be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen." 

 1 Timothy 1:17 

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” 

 Romans 11:33 

“Wisdom, among other things, is the ability to devise perfect ends  and to achieve those ends by the most perfect means. It sees the  end from the beginning, so there can be no need to guess or  conjecture… 

All God’s acts are done in perfect wisdom, first for His own glory,  and then for the highest good of the greatest number for the  longest time…Not only could His acts not be better done: a better  way to do them could not be imagined.” 

 - A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy 

How has God revealed His Wisdom to us?

  1. Through Creation Psalm 104:24 
  2. Through Providence Psalm 33:10-11 
  3. Through Redemption 

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature,  but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are  coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that  has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time  began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had,  they would not have crucified to the Lord of glory. However, as it  is written: 

What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, And what no  human mind has conceived” – the things God has prepared for  those who love Him –these are the things God has revealed to us  by His Sprit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things  of God. 

1 Corinthians 2:6-10 

  1. Through His Son 

It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has  become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness,  holiness, and redemption. 

 1 Corinthians 1:30

How must we respond to the Wisdom of God?

  • We must ______________to live wisely!

Ephesians 5:15-17 

HOW do we do that? 

  1. We must _______________God’s ways.  

 Proverbs 1:7, Job 28:28 

  1. It grows with _______________His Word.  

 2 Timothy 3:16-17 

  1. It _______________asking for it specifically.  

 James 1:5, Colossians 1:9 

  1. We must learn to _______________ Him completely… 

…that all that comes our way is from the hand of a good and  loving God who knowing all things actual and possible, is  exerting His unlimited power to execute the best possible  outcomes, by the best possible means, to fulfill the highest  possible purposes. 

Application

  1. What circumstance in your life seems to defy God’s  wisdom? 
  2. Pray that God will help you turn that circumstance back to  Him and trust that He knows what’s best. 
  3. Look for opportunities this week to encourage and pray with  others. 

 

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