Wisdom God’s Worldview

God’s wisdom should be our worldview. After all, the Lord made the universe by his wisdom. “By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.” (Proverbs 3:19-20) One of the major implications of this is that the wisdom of God infuses the universe (see Prov. 8:22-31). The entirety of creation fits together and operates according to the wise plan of God.


This means that when we look at the world around us, we see a world of order. The world and everything in it should make sense. In fact, by observing the world around us, we should be able to discern patterns and “laws.” These observations should help us not only understand the natural world (1 Kings 4:33), but it should also help us discern patterns in everything else, like human behavior. Even people who do not know God are able to see much of the pattern of creation. The book of Proverbs itself appears to include the sayings of some (probably pagan) Gentiles (see Prov. 30:1; 31:1).


By perusing the book of Proverbs and the other wisdom literature of the Bible, it becomes quickly apparent that understanding the wisdom of the universe can be very advantageous. This is because the wisdom with which God made the world invades and impacts every area of life: morality, work and business, family life, love, romance and sexuality, recreation, government, justice, etc. In other words, there is nothing more valuable for life than wisdom (Prov. 3:13-18).


However, we must remember that the wisdom of the universe is ultimately God’s wisdom. Although we may be able to gain a partial understanding of our world through observation, in the end we can only gain true understanding by turning to God. As Prov. 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…” True knowledge begins by being in right relationship with God. By humbling ourselves before him, by trusting in him, we discover that he opens our eyes to truly see and understand (Prov. 3:5-7; Job 28), and then we truly begin to live.


For more about worldview thinking, check out the 2/22/2015 sermon by Russ Kraines.

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