6. Proverbs 1:1-6 The Personality Of Wisdom part 3b v.2
The Aim v.2-4
To Acknowledge v.2 To know wisdom and instruction;
To Apply to perceive the words of understanding
To Accept v.3 To receive the instruction of wisdom
The Aim v.2-4
To Acknowledge v.2
In Job 12 Job gives an amazing statement of faith saying that God is Immutable without change. God is Inscrutable without comprehension. God is Infinitely wonderful in His ceaseless conception of things, and God is Inexplicable and mysteriously puzzling in His interweaving control over all.
1. God power is Constant Job 12:13 With him is wisdom and strength,
God’s wisdom and power is sage and supreme. This is fundamental to His being. Time doesn’t increase or decrease His wisdom and strength, as these aspects of His nature are continual, persistent and unbroken. He is all wise and all-powerful. He is the spring of wisdom and the source of power. He executes His designs, establishes His decrees and enables His determinations.
2. God power is Comprehensive He hath counsel and understanding.
God’s angle on things is settled. He is not learning as He goes. His guidance and counsel are not developed, adjusted or imparted because of circumstances. His direction is steady always, and flows from His unchanging nature. God’s counsels are His purposes, which He performs, punctually planning peace with propriety and perfection.
3. God power in Constructive Conclusion Job 12:14
Behold, he breaks down, and it cannot be built again:
Individuals and nations rise and fall. They are born and they die and God stands invisible to the physical eye but evident to the spiritual eyes of the heart as He controls every breakdown.
He is sovereign in His erasing of what once existed to the point where it will never live again. When God says it’s over it’s over. Daniel, with the eye of faith on God’s wisdom and power saw four empires broken and demolished in the image of iron, clay, brass, silver and gold.
Dan. 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floor; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
4. God’s power is over all Captivity
He shuts up a man, and there can be no opening.
God hedges in a person with inconvenient calamities and baffling circumstances. Only He can remove the misfortune and open the resources back up. There are countless prisons in life and bondage lurks everywhere. The Lord proclaims liberty to the captives. David prayed
Psa. 88:8 You have put away my acquaintance far from me; You have made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.
Again He prayed in Psa. 142:7 bring my soul out of prison, and I will praise Your name.
This is a prayer for the Spirit of the Lord.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. 2Cor. 3:17
5. God power is over all Climate Job 12:15 He controls droughts and deluges
Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up: Also he sends them out, and they overturn the earth.
He manages all droughts and storms. He is behind every deficiency and monitors every deficit. He also opens the floodgates of inundations and brings abundance and lavish plenty.
6. God’s power is Controlled Job 12:16 He is guided by His wisdom
With him is strength and wisdom:
God’s wisdom designs the course of every occurrence and consequence, but it’s His power and ability that carries out all that he designs. All other power lacks wisdom, unless those in authority humbly seek God for the wisdom of His designs and purposes
7. God power is Cautious
He monitors every lie and every liar
The deceived and the deceiver are his.
We see politicians in high place, and despots scattered through history that lie and deceive, but God is guiding the end and final result to His wise purpose.
There are those who deceive and those who are caught in the stupidity of the deception but the deepest problems in the universe through all this dishonesty and duplicity are only cured in God.
8. God power controls Counselors
He is sovereignly at work in every circumstance Job 12:17
He leads counselors away spoiled,
Isaiah 3:1-3 the Lord…takes away…the stay and the staff, The whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,
The stay is food provision, and the staff is authority figures.
The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient, The captain of fifty, and the honorable man, and the counselor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.
The message renders this passage:
God removes police and protection, judges and courts, Pastors, and teachers, captains and generals, doctors And nurses, and, yes, even the repairmen and jacks-of-all trades.
9. God’s power is over Courts
And makes the judges (appear) fools.
No matter what the position, ability, power or aptitude of a person in authority. No matter what the level of jurisdiction or the scope and reach of a decision, God can reverse and confuse every decision and verdict and strip it down to a foolish notion.
10. God’s power is over Congress Job 12:18
He looses the bond of kings, and girds their loins with a girdle
Those in positions of authority can impose laws that bring bondage and poverty to the people under their rule. God is able to loose and release those binding laws that seem impossible. God can gird the loins of tyrant political powers. He limits their pleasure, position and path of progression stripping away their power.
11. God’s power calculates those in Control
Ecc. 4:14 for out of prison he comes to reign, whereas also he that is born in his kingdom becomes poor.
Joseph was release from years of prison to a position of authority over an empire while royal personas are reduced to rags.
12. God’s power is over all Conspiracy Job 12:19
He leads princes away spoiled, and overthrows the mighty.
It’s of no consequence, whether the authority of the leader covers enormous territory and the control is amazing domination of wealth, command of popularity and ascendency of intellectual prowess. No office is sacred and no position is above God. He is the sovereign Lord of all. God spoils and demolishes in His time and in His way.
The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water; he turns it whithersoever he will. Prov. 21:1
13. God’s power is over the Conditions Job 12:20
He removes away the speech of the trusty, And takes away the understanding of the aged.
Communication is what connects mind with mind and compelling eloquence and charismatic articulation is what influences the masses. Powerful personalities may have persuasive expressions, but God, in a flash, can remove the effectiveness of the speech, even of those who seem to be situated in positions of competence and trust.
The logic of venerated experts and the comprehension and understanding of prestigious penetration is briskly removed by the Lord.
Lamentations 3:37-39 who is he that says, and it comes to pass, when the Lord commands it not? Out of the mouth of the most High proceeds not evil and good? Wherefore does the living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?
14. God’s power is over Conquest Job 12:21
He pours contempt upon princes, and weakens the strength of the mighty.
The word for princes here is tyrant. God brings to shame those He chooses to oppose and disgrace and dishonor are His doing. Worms in the middle of his governing term ate Herod, and whatever strength and authority he wielded was melted in weakness.
15. God’s power is over what’s Concealed Job 12:22
He discovers deep things out of darkness, And brings out to light the shadow of death.
Ps 92:5 O LORD, how great are thy works! And Your thoughts are very deep.
The mysteries of His privileges and the peculiarities of His providence can seem covered with a thick curtain, but God can in a moment illuminate everything to us.
16. God’s power is over Cities, Communities and Countries Job 12:23
He increases the nations, and destroys them: He enlarges the nations, and straitens them again.
God determines the physical size and numeric population of every nation. He shrinks and expands, destroys and redesigns. History is only God’s sovereignty at work.
17. God’s power is over Chiefs Job 12:24
He takes away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
God can confound the plans and purposes of those in charge of any nation. He makes what they think will work blow up in there face.
18. God’s power is over all Confusion Job 12:25
They grope in the dark without light, and he makes them to stagger like a drunken man.
Is our assessment of things based on our natural feeling and inclination or on Gods focus and involvement? If we try to grasp anything apart from God’s power and wisdom we grope in the dark without light, and stagger like a drunk.
To be wise we have to see God’s values in each happening and decision. What is important to God must become our appreciation.
To learn God’s wisdom and strength and enter into his sage supremacy is to Know Wisdom.