Hello Family of God,
We are nearing the end of the book of Proverbs. After all the sayings of the wise, the wisdom brought forth, the instruction and advice, the warnings and direction, we are introduced to a new character we know nothing about, whose name means “gatherer” - An appropriate name for someone who has collected a bunch of sayings and put them down on ink.
Maybe you feel like Agur “I am weary, O God; I am weary and worn out, O God.”(Prov. 30:1 NLT) Worn out from life…trying to figure it all out; how to act; how to please God; how to make sense of all the craziness. After all this wisdom of the last 29 chapters, perhaps you share Agur’s sentiment, “I am too ignorant to be human, and I lack common sense; I have not mastered human wisdom, nor do I know the Holy One” (30:2-3). Have you ever felt this way? I know I have. The more I study, the less I know. It’s like cramming your brain with all the info you can for that exam you have to write tomorrow morning, and then not being able to remember a thing when it is time to write it. Or reading God’s word and deciding to apply it at the next opportunity you get, and then when the opportunity comes to be kind, patient, loving, and compassionate…you blow it! “What’s wrong with me”, you think! What kind of human am I…what kind of Christian am I? Condemnation is knocking at the door, ready to accuse you of the huge failure you think you are. It’s a “Job” moment. You’re going through something and all you can do is ask, “Why”? You try to figure it out; you wrestle through the issue with friends; you read God’s word and apply your best theology to the challenge at hand; and all you’re left with is a big question mark. This is what it means to be human and not God! This is why we need God. We are humbled at His majesty, holiness, omniscience, and power, and reduced to a state of complete dependence on Him. No one needs a Savior till they get to the point where they know they need saving! They cannot save themselves, just as they cannot know all of the intricacies of life and being human. Humility leads us to our Creator! God is God! Read Job 38-42
- “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” (Rom. 11:33-34).
- “Do you listen in on God’s council? Do you have a monopoly on wisdom?” (Job 15:8)
- “Who is able to advise the Spirit of the LORD? Who knows enough to be his teacher or counselor? Has the LORD ever needed anyone's advice? Does he need instruction about what is good or what is best?” (Isaiah 40:13-14)
- "In this you are not right, and I will show you why. As you yourself have said, 'God is greater than any person.' So why are you bringing a charge against him? You say, 'He does not respond to people's complaints.' But God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. (Job 33:12-14)
Many people have tried to figure out God and His ways. CAN”T BE DONE! That’s one of the reasons to reverence Him. Surrendering to the unknowable part of God leads to trusting Him. Remember, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom and knowledge (Prov. 1:7; Prov. 9:10). God is the source of all knowledge, wisdom, and understanding (Prov. 30:3). It is good to come to that point and realize that He is the source of all truth and absolutes. He is the Creator, who knows how the world works, and is in control of all its elements (Prov. 30:4). That is the purpose of all of creation – to drive us to God, not science (Rom. 1:17-23). And in so doing, we are overwhelmed with His magnificence and powerful ability, and we desire to know Him.
And the only way to know Him is through His Son, through whom He created all things (Col. 1:16). When we embrace His Son, Jesus, we are filled with wisdom from on high, and have the mind of Christ (1Cor. 2:16). Is it not interesting that Agur, after contemplating the glory of creation asks, “What is His name, and what is His Son's name, If you know?” (end of Prov. 30:4). And he kind of answers his own question when he says, “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.”(Prov. 30:5). The answer to the mystery, and the destination to the search is found in God’s Word, which is truth. When we believe what God wrote, and put our trust in its truth, God becomes a shield to us, to protect us from all of the lies and deception that come from the “ignorant” and “fools” who don’t know God, and want to propagate their version of anti-God rhetoric. Thy word is truth oh God! And, we better not add to it or there will be consequences. (Prov. 30:6)
What a great way to wrap up this book of Proverbs – by showing us someone who is forced to apply its wisdom. See, wisdom and knowledge are no use if they cannot be understood and applied. God’s word is wisdom that can be understood and applied, by implementing the principles contained within. This is where Agur will take us in the rest of Proverbs 30 – to application. Till then, determine in your heart that God is the source of truth, and that truth is found in His word and in His Son Jesus. Hopefully, we all believe that! If you’re having trouble with this, read Psalm 119!
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (John 17:3)