Knowing the Who

Then the Lord said to Job, ‘Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?’”

Job 40:1-2

In his book Knowing God, J.I. Packer has a chapter on wisdom where he points out a common mistake people make in regards to the wisdom God seeks to give us. He clarifies that God doesn’t give us a wisdom that helps us  better understand all of our “why” questions. Instead, the wisdom God gives us, he says, is a desire to rely on Him more through the good and bad even when we don’t know the answer to the “why” questions. 

Packer says, “Now, the mistake that is commonly made is to suppose … that the gift of wisdom consists in a deepened insight into the providential meaning and purpose of events going on around us, an ability to see why God has done what he has done in a particular case, and what he is going to do next.”

Packer says instead the wisdom God seeks to gives us is, “not a sharing in all his knowledge, but a disposition to confess that he is wise, and to cleave to him and live for him in the light of his Word through thick and thin.“

As Job discovered through his experience of losing everything, the “why” matters far less than the “Who.” We will rarely, if ever, know the “why” of our struggles. That’s why it’s so important to know ”Who” holds us through them.

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