My Dad has now got some Brown Swiss cattle on the farm. They really are beautiful cows. The calves especially have so much character. They’re also look strong and sturdy, especially in their legs. God really has an amazing creation.
Have you ever wondered at the strange response to Solomon’s request for an obedient heart to judge Isreal. God’s gift of wisdom involves giving of knowledge of animals, birds, reptiles and fish. What has this got to do with politics? Is this even theology? Is this wisdom?
Here is an extract from the Holy Spirit himself:
God gave Solomon wisdom, very great insight, and understanding as vast as the sand on the seashore…
…Solomon composed 3,000 proverbs, and his songs numbered 1,005.
He described trees, from the cedar in Lebanon to the hyssop growing out of the wall. He also taught about animals, birds, reptiles, and fish. People came from everywhere, sent by every king on earth who had heard of his wisdom, to listen to Solomon’s wisdom.
(1Kgs 4:29-34, HCSB)
I’ve heard plenty of theories on what wisdom is, but nobody ever suggested to me it involves a communicating information of God’s plants and creatures and the gift of writing songs and proverbs.
John Piper recently made a fascinating observation when his tweet came through on his Facebook status update: “What do you say when you are filled with the Holy Spirit? ‘See, how mighty are the works of God!’ Acts 2:11”
One of my favourite Psalms tells of God’s creation communicating knowledge to us. Speaking to us. Instructing us on the glory of God.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge. There is no speech; there are no words; their voice is not heard. Their message has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens He has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a groom coming from the bridal chamber; it rejoices like an athlete running a course. It rises from one end of the heavens and circles to their other end; nothing is hidden from its heat.
The instruction of the LORD is perfect, renewing one’s life; the testimony of the LORD is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise.
(Ps 19:1-7, HCSB)