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Supreme Court blocks Louisiana law regulating abortionists
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked Louisiana from implementing an abortion clinic regulation that was enacted four years ago but has been mired in a court battle since. In a 5-4 decision, with Chief Justice John Roberts as the swing vote, the justices granted the appeal....... More
Controversy surrounds first Synod meeting of Ukrainian nationalist church
The first meeting of the “Holy Synod” of the Ukrainian schismatic-nationalist church on Tuesday did not pass without serious conflicts and discrepancies, thanks, in part, to the personality of Philaret Denisenko. According to the Ukrainian site Glavcom, several bishops of the so-called . ........More
A thing that fascinates me about God is his perfect wisdom. He knows everything. That’s quite
a statement, because it is literal. He knows every detail about everything that has ever been, he is omniscient. From the intricate details of how he put the universe together, to the thoughts, feelings and deeds of every single person who has ever existed, to exactly how the future of the world will play out. There is nothing he does not know. Existing outside of the time dimension he created for us to live in and know him, the deep past, the present and the distant future are equally familiar to him. Listen to just some of the declarations about this from the Old Testament of the Bible: “To God belong wisdom and power, counsel and understanding are his.” Job 12:13
“’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
“He made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the
heavens by his understanding.” Jeremiah 51:15
As some of those verses indicate, knowledge by itself is not the same as wisdom. Wisdom is the
application of knowledge and experience to identify the best solutions for each circumstance. God
knows the best outcome for us in every situation. My personal view is that God’s perfect wisdom is perfectly aligned with his perfect love for us, resulting in his perfect plan for the whole of creation, and for each individual.
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11
You might ask, “Well if God’s plans are so perfect, why is there so much misery and evil in the
world?” Good question, and the answer is, he allows us (and everybody else!) free will to choose to do what he wants us to or not, otherwise we are not coming to him voluntarily, and he is not the kind of God who will be satisfied with coerced “believers” (that’s a whole other topic). Nevertheless, his perfect wisdom already knows what’s going to happen and how to get everything to work out for
the best in the long run, and through his divine perspective. “And we know that in all things God
works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28.
If you are like me, you often feel like you are swimming around in a fog of ignorance, uncertainty
and doubt. How on earth can I make sense of my world and make good decisions if I just don’t know how things work or what’s going on? I am comforted when I remember that God is in charge, he’s got everything under control, and he’s looking out for me and my family, even though it doesn’t always seem that way from my limited perspective. I just need to pray for our needs, and trust that he will sort everything out for the best.
Thing is, our western society today places a lot of emphasis on rational thought and on our own
wisdom that has been built up through history. In this environment, the simplicity of the gospel and acceptance of it seem a little, well, simple. Not really sophisticated enough to be taken seriously. The apostle Paul had some pithy things to say about valuing our own wisdom above God’s:“Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never find him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save all who believe.” I Corinthians 1:21 New Living Translation.
“This ‘foolish’ plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is far
stronger than the greatest of human strength.” I Corinthians 1:25 New Living Translation.
We cannot compete with God’s wisdom, it is perfect. We just have to trust and rely on him.
Lastly, I want to refer back to those Old Testament verses at the beginning of this post, and note
how God’s power is often described at the same time as his wisdom. That’s my next topic.
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From China to sub-Saharan Africa, Christians experience high levels of persecution in 73 countries
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University can't ban Christian group for requiring that its leaders be Christian, court rules
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the University of Iowa can't selectively enforce its non-discrimination policy on a Christian student group that requires that its leaders abide by a Christian statement of faith. U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose issued an injunction barring ..More
Asia Bibi expected to leave Pakistan after court upholds her acquittal
Asia Bibi, the Christian woman at the centre of a blasphemy row which has ignited violent protests, been linked to two assassinations and spotlighted
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