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Mystery of His will: Perfect wisdom of our God

April 4, 2018

Ephesians-1 7

Today, April 4, 2018, we examine the Verse of the Day found in Ephesians 1:7, but to understand to a greater degree what the Scriptures are saying about the “will of God,” we are going to look at verses 7-10 in the Revised English Version:

Ephesians 1:7-10:

in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our transgressions, according to the riches of his grace,

8which he lavished on us in all wisdom and prudence;

9having made known to us the sacred secret of his will, according to his good pleasure that he planned beforehand in him, Christ,

10for the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens, and the things on the earth, in him;

This passage makes reference to “the sacred secret of his will” while the New King James Version speaks of “the mystery of His will.” These expressions also brings to mind another related verse that speaks of the “knowledge of His will.” In order to do or accomplish the will of God, we must know what it is. Colossians 1:9 expresses God’s desire for His people in the opening section of a prayer:

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

As I began to consider deeply these verses that emphasize “The Will of God,” I thought of a particular poem inspired in part by Ephesians 1:9

 The Mystery of His Will        

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and                                              

 knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments,                                                     

and his ways past finding out!

Romans 11:33

 

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,         

according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 

Ephesians 1:9

 

Though we seek to plummet the depths of God’s wisdom,

We barely touch the surface, for there is always more

To explore as He unfolds the mysteries of the Kingdom:

A measure of our inheritance laid in store.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing,

But the honor of kings is to search out a matter,

To see what jewels of knowledge their searching may bring.

Beyond former days is the glory of the latter,

Where God freely pours out His spirit upon all flesh.

As God’s will unfolds, the depth of His love we now see.

We draw even closer that He might bless and refresh,

As we come to know Him even more intimately.

In such treasured moments we are quiet and still,

As we explore once more the mystery of His will.

As we endeavor to find and to do the will of God, we may encounter situations that we do not fully understand, but God is not trying to conceal His will.  Deuteronomy 29:29 reminds us this truth:

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Indeed, it is God’s good pleasure to make known the mystery of His will to those who diligently seek to find it.

Keith and Kristyn Getty offer a glorious benediction for our discussion: “Perfect Wisdom of Our God”:

Asking God for wisdom

January 23, 2017

James 1-5

The Verse of the Day for January 23, 2017 follows closely the words of encouragement found in yesterday’s daily word which focused on the three commands to “ask, seek, and knock.” Today’s exhortation also relates to something that believers should ask God for or earnestly pursue:

James 1:5 (NIV):

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Asking God for wisdom can be seen as part of our pursuit of wisdom which we are asked to do, not only in James 1:5, but the Book of Proverbs also offers “words of wisdom” to all those who desire to seek this valuable attribute. Indeed, as Proverbs 16:16 (NLT) tells us:

How much better to get wisdom than gold,
and good judgment than silver!

Once we recognize the inestimable worth of wisdom, we will seek it, knowing that we will find what we diligently pursue.

In reading the Verse of the Day and reflecting on wisdom, I recall this poetic description:

The Power of Wisdom

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:

and with all thy getting get understanding.

Proverbs 4:7

 

When we choose to build, we look to the Scriptures and find

That seeking after wisdom is the key to our success,

For wisdom has great power to promote and to bless.

With wisdom we can perceive the Father’s hidden design.

Companion to wisdom is power to loose and to bind

The enemy and then become the strongman of righteousness.

Follow the way of wisdom and path of holiness.

Pursue wisdom as a treasure, priceless as peace of mind.

As we move toward our destiny, wisdom serves as our midwife

To give birth to dreams within us, waiting to be fulfilled.

Wisdom defeats deceptive spirits and nullifies strife.

We walk in the power of our calling, seeking to be filled

With wisdom which brings riches and honor and a long life:

We use wisdom first to dismantle, then accurately build.

Today’s entry concludes with a moving rendition of “The Perfect Wisdom of God” by Keith and Kristyn Getty: