The God of Wisdom and the Wisdom of God
“Wisdom is the power to see. and the inclination to choose, the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it.” J.I. Packer
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever! Psalm 111:10
To the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen. Romans 16:27
Psalm 111 praises the works of God and tells us there is value in studying them. Scripture includes the work of scientists and historians here, not to mention educators who train students to do these kinds of work (vs. 2, 4). If God’s glory is seen in what He has done in creation and in providence, then it stands to reason that He is glorified when His works are studied, remembered, and discussed.
The Christian need not hesitate to follow professions which can bring glory to God, but he must beware of careers which will likely force him to reject the very basis for wisdom, which is the fear of God. There can be tremendous pressure to conform to the status quo, the irrational assumption of a Godless universe self-created by a combination of time and chance. What would be the purpose or benefit of studying such a random cosmos? Can it even be done?
Here is where the godly man or woman, one who fears the Lord, has an advantage. The believer understands that God is wise, that is, He selects “the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it” as Dr. Packer tells us in his classic work “Knowing God”. The Christian researcher can pray for wisdom, praise God for the order and beauty of His works, and (as Johannes Kepler is quoted as saying) “[think] God’s thoughts after Him.”
Think about it
In a day when many doubt the very existence of truth, how are we to find wisdom when we are not even sure there is truth upon which to base it? Believers will not be discouraged or give up all hope. We know there is a God. He has revealed truth to us and He teaches us wisdom as we consciously walk before Him.
We can be sure that all good and honest work done well glorifies God and benefits mankind. Keep walking in the fear of the Lord and seek to use whatever profession or vocation you have to serve Him wisely.