“...the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3
I don't know about you, but the older I get the more I realize I don't understand. The reality of life is not that you lose knowledge as you get older, but you gain more wisdom as you relate two oppositional stores of knowledge that become clearer and clearer the closer you get to seeing them relationally – that which you do know and that which you do not know.
I remember years ago going to a presentation at my brother's home, one which didn't take me long to realize was a New Age/Hindu self-help organization presentation, where the presenter drew two circles on the board in front of the group. Towards the tiny circle he had made in the middle of the paper, he said, “This represents everything you know.” Then for the bit bigger circle that he drew around the tiny one, he said, “This represents everything you know you don't know.” And finally he stated, “The rest of the paper represents everything you don't know you don't know.”
After looking at the paper and thinking hard about what this man just said, I said a quiet prayer, “Thank You God that You not only know everything that is on that page, but you also know everything that this page would contain if the paper were to expand out to infinity in all directions. This is the essence of the wisdom of God and the reality of what we really know in comparison. The presenter was partially right, but then again all false religions exist within the parameters of partial truth.
God, in His all knowing and all wise wisdom has shared with us that of Him which we can but barely understand with the help of the Holy Spirit. True faith, true religion, all that hinges on the One True God is based on the perfect all consuming wisdom that is Him. I will let AW Tozer explain how what we believe as Christians completely hinges on the perfect wisdom of God as we continue on in following the chapters of his book, The Attributes of God. (Just on a side note for those of you who keep up with my blogs on a consistent basis, I will pick up on this theme again on the 26th and then wrap it up on the 28th.)
“In redemption, Christ was crucified:'...Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God...But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory' 1 Corinthians 1:24, 2:7In salvation, God requires us to repent and believe. This is done by the wise counsel of God:'For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.' 1 Corinthians 1:21And in the consummation, we also see God's wisdom:'...to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places...' Ephesians 3:10So in all this, the all-wise wisdom of God is being revealed.The crux of your life lies right there..it's either got to be God's wisdom or yours. It's either God's way or yours. All that you and I have lived for, hoped for and dreamed over in our heart of hearts – life, safety, happiness, heaven, immortality, the presence of God – hinges on whether you're going to accept the ultimate wisdom of the Triune God, as revealed in the Scriptures and in His providential working in mankind. Or are you going to go your own way?” AW Tozer
Think back to that illustration I gave you in my story of the circles on the page. Are you really willing to direct your life based on the knowledge within the little circle on that page and an understanding that there is infinite knowledge which God posses, that which He desires to guide your life by within the parameters of His love for you, which will direct you through this world better than any way you could ever think up or dream on your own? We can't live following our own wisdom AND the wisdom of God because they will never agree due to our fallen nature. The choice is either one or the other, and in looking at the paper the only sensible choice is really to trust in the God who has revealed Himself to us through our Savior Jesus and let Him guide the way into all that we cannot comprehend or even imagine.