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Study Guide #7—God All-Wise


By Kay Smith and Ruth Wood

When terrible things happen, people often conclude that either God (a) doesn’t exist, (b) isn’t all-powerful, (c) isn’t loving, or (d) isn’t very smart or wise. We’ve already talked about God existing eternally as the all-powerful King of all; in a future lesson we’ll study His love. The question we’ll address here: Just because God is all-powerful and knows what’s happening everywhere, does that necessarily mean He’s being very smart about what He’s doing?

1. List a few events or circumstances in your life or in the world around you that look as though God isn’t doing a very good job (if we assume He’s handling things at all). For example, some people die without ever hearing the gospel.

2. Let’s look at some Biblical examples of times when God’s wisdom may have looked doubtful. In each instance, read the passage(s) highlighted in bold and write down what seemed to be happening at that time and how it would have appeared to people involved or watching. Then read the passage(s) in parentheses. How do we now see God’s wisdom in the original situation?

a. Genesis 13:14-16 and Genesis 16:1a

(Genesis 18:13-14; 21:1-7)

b. Genesis 39:1-20

(Genesis 41:39-43; 45:4-8)

c. II Samuel 11

Psalm 51

d. Matthew 27:33-50

(Matthew 28:1-10, I Corinthians 15:1-5, 12-14, 20-22)

e. II Corinthians 12:7-8

(II Corinthians 12:9-10)

f. II Timothy 2:8-9, Acts 21:27-Acts 28; [Summary: Paul imprisoned and sent to Rome as prisoner]

(Philippians 1:12-14)

3. Look back at your list in question. Do you know why God is doing those things? What, then, are the implications for you and your circumstances?

4. What do Isaiah 55:8-9 and Romans 11:33-36 tell us about God’s wisdom?

5. Coming to appreciate God’s wisdom will inspire a deep sense of gratefulness. Spend a few minutes responding to the Lord in prayer, giving Him your praise and worship.

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