Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2010 10:56:52 -0500
Subject: "The Manifold Wisdom of God"
"His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Ephesians 3:10, 11--NIV)
We have been discussing "wisdom." The Greek word is closely associated with acumen, "keenness and depth of perception, discernment, or discrimination, especially in practical matters." When people say that someone has such deep perception, discernment, they need to be aware that it is all relative. When compared with "the wisdom of God," it is nothing. The Bible declares, "Has the LORD ever needed anyone's advice? Does he need instruction about what is good or what is best? No, for all the nations of the world are nothing in comparison with him. They are but a drop in the bucket, dust on the scales. He picks up the islands as though they had no weight at all." This is true with every endeavor of man. Whatever anyone has is, "but a drop in the bucket," when compared to the Living Triune God. In Luke 11:49, Jesus refers to the Words of God, the Scriptures, as, "....the wisdom of God...." It is a simple, yet powerful truth. If I want "the manifold wisdom of God," I need Jesus Christ and His Words.
To be sure, the Lord God has designed us to need the Five-Fold ministries, and each other. So keep going to church services, listening to your pastor, going to seminars and listening to those great teachers. Keep reading those great books by the sages of old, and listening to everything every child of God says. Then, after you have done that, never, never forget that no matter how much one may venerate a person, "They are but a drop in the bucket, dust on scales." Jesus and His Words reveal, "the manifold wisdom of God."
Father, in Jesus' Name, thank You that at least I am "a drop in [Your] bucket." Amen.
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