READING: Proverbs 30, 31
TEXTS AND APPLICATION: These final chapters of Proverbs cover many issues, including the famous passage about a godly wife in Proverbs 31. I focus my attention, though, on these words:
Prov. 30:3-4a I have not gained wisdom, and I have no knowledge of the Holy One. Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in His hands? Who has bound up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth?
Not unlike what Job came to realize (Job 40:4), this writer of Proverbs admitted he knew little about the awesome nature of God. Even with what he did know about God, he had to admit that all of his knowledge combined meant he still knew nothing in comparison about the infinite, eternal God. God was just too big and majestic.
Those words are challenging to me today because I spend my life studying and teaching the Word of God. I know MUCH more about God now than I did when I started in ministry 30+ years ago. I can talk about doctrinal terms and theological categories. What I need to understand better, though, is how much I DON’T know about God. I need to be filled with the wonder of a new believer who is genuinely amazed at God’s bigness, majesty, and grace. I don’t ever want to reduce God to someone I understand in my mind.
PRAYER: Let’s pray that we will be filled with the wonder of God today.
TOMORROW’S READING: 1 Kings 12-14