Solomon’s Master’s class in Wisdom – Lesson #2


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from the Scripture

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Prov. 30.18-19 Three things are too wonderful for me; four I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a virgin.

We are entertaining five master lessons in living wisely. Reference points if you will, to help us navigate life. A handful of grand, over-arching truths, which keep us from losing our footing in a world that is both sin-sick and bent on destruction. And that, in the face of a Gospel proclaimed to all men everywhere.

Last time we saw that people act out of deep, inward longings. Desires and unfillable voids we often cannot discern. It was Blaise Pascal who first noted “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.” Not only does this vacuum exist due to man’s alienation from God because of sin, sin has so distorted our senses that we do anything and everything to fill that void by even the most corrupt and perverse means. The perversity of men’s hearts seems to have no bounds. If you doubt it, I have but one word to prove it: Holocaust. The proverbial example of man’s inhumanity to man. Repeated in countless examples throughout history in every culture. How do we explain such things? Man wants. And man will do whatever he thinks he can get away with to fill his wants.

So too, there is another truth that we must come to grips with if we are to live sanely in this world: There are unfathomable mysteries in life. Some things we will never be able to explain adequately. And if we do not accept this fact and shift our gaze elsewhere, our perplexity may well (and does in many) shift itself over into endless obsession and hopeless despondency. It is the tendency of man’s fallen condition to let the reality that we truly CANNOT know some things, overflow into a sense of being able ultimately to know nothing – and thus the soul faints in despair.

Nowhere is this seen more than in great evils done to us. How many are the vast numbers of those who have suffered abuses as children – driven to extremes and unable to trust others or move beyond their pain because of the inability to find reasonable explanations for the massive sense of betrayal and pain they feel? It is a tortuous place to be. A faithful and loving spouse betrayed. A child experiencing the unspeakable confusions and heartache of divorced or divorcing parents. Survivors of kidnappings. Those who have been senselessly mugged, raped or attacked. Even just being ripped off by a slick salesman can bring on this enormous need to make it all make sense somehow. A driving need for many. An obsessive and destructive need for some. Look at our virtual NEED to blame someone for every pain, heartache or suffering we endure. Our legal system thrives upon this drive. If I’ve been hurt, there MUST be a reason. A person behind it. And a means to bring my soul to rest in finding that cause or perpetrator, and bringing justice out of it. No matter what.

This is one of those deep, unfillable voids we were introduced to in the first section. The heart and mind instinctively and incessantly cry out for answers. Suffering MUST make sense if it is to be bearable to us. But the truth is beloved, there are a vast number of things in this life we may never be able to explain. And if we are not able to give those things up to God, and to trust that HE knows both why, and has our best interest at heart in allowing us to experience them – we will sink into some form of madness. Many a “crazy” person we see today, is merely caught in the endless rehearsing of facts, experiences, feelings and what could have or should have been done or said – or what never could or should have been said or done – until all grip on reality is gone. Hearts and minds lost in this cycle of seeking some reasonable explanation. Searching for an answer that may never come.

It is here we need to learn the lesson of Job dear one. That it is far better to come to know the WHO behind all things, than the WHY. To trust in our God. To rest in His supreme wisdom. To know of a surety that He will redeem everything sin and the fall has inflicted upon us – by Christ. In the words of Ira Stanphill:

I don’t know about tomorrow,
I just live from day to day.
I don’t borrow from it’s sunshine,
For it’s skies may turn to gray.
I don’t worry o’er the future,
For I know what Jesus said,
And today I’ll walk beside Him,
For He knows what is ahead.

I don’t know about tomorrow,
It may bring me poverty;
But the One Who feeds the sparrow,
Is the One Who stands by me.
And the path that be my portion,
May be through the flame or flood,
But His presence goes before me,
And I’m covered with His blood.

Refrain
Many things about tomorrow,
I don’t seem to understand;
But I know Who holds tomorrow,
And I know Who holds my hand.

Perhaps we could slightly alter that refrain to read:
Many things about my SORROW,
I don’t seem to understand;
But I know Who holds my sorrow,
And I know Who holds my hand.

The “mystery” of iniquity or “lawlessness” (2 Thess. 2.7) is “already at work.” I cannot explain it any more than I can fathom how a snake navigates rocks, or how love in the human heart works between two people. But I can know my God knows. Knows and watches over me. Knows, and makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him, and are called according to His purpose. (Rom. 8.28)

Beloved, do not let such mysteries consume you. Be consumed with the revelations of God to us – those of Himself in Jesus Christ. HE is made unto us wisdom. All things ultimately will make sense in Him, even if we cannot know it now.

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