We make decisions everyday. Some of it are major decisions. Last Sunday, you have decided to confirm God’s calling for me to be a pastor of this church. A few weeks before that, I have decided to accept the challenge of the leaders of this church to serve as your pastor. The elders of this church decided to recommend my candidacy to this congregation. We made a major decision as a church.
These are examples of the major decisions we face at some point in our life. We ask decision questions like: Where will I go to college? What course will I take? Where will I work and what kind of work will I take? Shall I pursue this business or not? Being a new pastor, I’m asking myself, “What will I do now? Where will I start?” For me and my wife, we need to make major decisions regarding when to move and what to do with her job.
Some of the decisions we made everyday are relatively minor. Shall I stay at home or go and visit this friend who has something against me? Shall I watch TV or spend some quality talk time with my kids? What shall I cook today for my kids?
Whether major or minor, our problem is that we do not know perfectly if we have made a wise decision or not. Time will tell us if we did. But before making those decisions we cannot know for sure. Although we can evaluate based on what we know, we can still commit unwise decisions. But God does not have any of that problem. He perfectly knows what to do and how to do it. Unlike anyone in this world, our God is a perfectly wise God.
In 1 Corinthians 1:18-30, Paul talks about God’s wisdom made evident in the gospel. He spoke of this in the context of the divisions happening in the church at Corinth. He appealed to them that there be no divisions among them, “that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment” (1:10). Some of them decided to follow Paul, or Apollos, or Peter, or Christ. This problem of division has its root in the misunderstanding of the wisdom of God shown in the gospel they received. When they misunderstood the greatness of the wisdom of God, they also misconceived that human wisdom amounts to nothing compared to God’s.
When applied to man, wisdom is our ability to use our knowledge to decide what course to take in achieving a certain goal. But “God’s wisdom means that God always chooses the best goals and the best means to those goals” (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, 193). The key words here are “always,” “best goals,” and “best means.” This means that God’s wisdom is perfect. He does not make any mistake in his judgments or decisions. Let me give you five observations regarding the wisdom of God, as shown in our text.