Proverbs 3 is going to keep us on the same theme that we have been talking about for the past few days. We have these concepts of knowledge, wisdom and understanding. We have already established that they come from God. That has been rather obvious from the first two chapters of this book.
Now, we run into them again, and a lot of this ties back to what we talked about yesterday in Proverbs 2.
Pro 3:19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
Pro 3:20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
I think that this is so important. If you recall, yesterday I explained how if the Christian God is everything that we argue He is, then it makes sense that all things would be able to be brought back to Him. If there was some kind of knowledge in the design of the universe, you would be able to trace all knowledge to its origin which we believe is God.
Chapter 3 emphasizes this even farther. God is not just the source of knowledge, but He built it into creation. God used His wisdom to build the earth. He put His mind to the task of creation. That is why these things are built into the creation.
Think about it. Henry Ford designed the automobile. He had some knowledge, wisdom and understanding as he was creating that machine. You can see the evidence of his thought in that car. There is some type of intelligent design behind the building of that machine.
However, I don’t want to end there. By looking at the automobile, we can learn things. For example, by looking at an engine, I could learn something about mechanics or physics. Henry Ford didn’t necessarily build an automobile to teach me physics, but that knowledge comes along with the package.
I think the universe is similar. I don’t know if God explicitly built the universe to teach me biology. However, in building the universe in the way that it is, God made it possible that I could gain knowledge about biology. I hope that that parallel makes sense.
God is indeed the source of knowledge, but He has also made the universe in such a way that we can discover knowledge. It is not like we are injected with infinite knowledge the minute we are born. We can have that pursuit because God built it in.
Psalms 144 is a popular one, and I am going to highlight the most popular part of this one for you. It really helps put everything in perspective.
Psa 144:3 LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!
Psa 144:4 Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.
I don’t know about you, but I think that humans are pretty impressive creations. I think that the way our bodies work and the complexity of our psychological and emotional makeup are both pretty amazing things. I think they are great things that point toward intelligent design, but I digress.
God made these amazing creatures, and even something as simple as the human cell is not simple. However, the verse is pretty crazy. David is talking about a God who is so much greater than humanity that we ultimately don’t even deserve to receive His attention.
It really helps put everything in perspective.
It might seem like our lives encompass a very long time, and some people do live quite a while. However, even if you compare a person who lives 100 years to a God who is eternal, it is obvious that that 100 years is infinitesimally small. If you had an infinitely long number line, it is semi-obvious that a span of 100 years would appear so tiny that eventually you would not even be able to see it if you zoomed out enough to try to find the theoretical ends of an infinite number line.
Again, this is something that helps me to recognize where we are relative to the God of the universe.
Humanity was an incredibly complicated part of creation. The way that God decided to create our race is pretty remarkable. However, even with all of that being said, Psalms 144 reminds me that there is a God who is infinitely greater than we are. That greatness is a large part of why He is worth worshiping.
After all that happened when Deborah was the judge of Israel, she wrote a song that is recorded in Judges chapter 5. However, to start the whole thing off, she made sure that the people understood who needed to be praised in this situation.
Jdg 5:2 Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.
Jdg 5:3 Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel.
In verse three, she is saying that even she, one of the most powerful people in Israel that time, was going to praise God. Even though she was one of the humans in charge of their great victory, she recognized that God was truly in charge of everything that had happened.
I hope that arrogance never impedes any of us. I hope that we are always as willing to ascribe all of the glory to God before anything else.
Why should we give him all that praise?
Here are a few verses.
Psa 24:1 A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
God created everything and still retains control over all of it. Where else could we direct our worship? If you think in human terms, when someone invents something, people are pretty excited for the inventor. They didn’t walk up to a Model T and start giving it compliments. If they liked that car, they would give Henry Ford a compliment for doing a great job.
Deborah recognized that very well. Obviously, God did a great thing through her just like people are able to do more things because of automobiles. However, the Inventor of all of the universe was ultimately the one who orchestrated everything that happened. Therefore, He is logically the one who deserves all the credit.