Looking unto Jesus — chapter by chapter

The Lord Knows

The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reservethe unjust under punishment for the day of judgment.
II Peter 2:9

The Lord knows how to rescue the godly out of temptations and trials, and how to keep the ungodly under chastisement until the day of judgment and doom.
II Peter 2:9 (AMP)

The Lord knows there are narrow limits to our knowledge, and yet there is often an overabundance to our self-confidence (perhaps better labeled conceit). Actually, what we know is really quite small. The Bible says the beginning of wisdom is the fear of God. Job (12:13) declares that wisdom and strength are with Him… “He has counsel and understanding.” Daniel (2:20-22) notes: “wisdom and might are His… He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.” Isaiah (28:29) reminds us that it is God “who is wonderful in counsel and excellent in guidance.”

It has been said that, “He who is wisest will be the first to confess his own ignorance.”

For the believer, our faith is in the supreme, knowledge of God. Such realization is a tremendous source of comfort to us. God’s knowledge of everything is a sort of omnipresent covering for our exposed ignorance. Knowledge is safe in the hands of God. It is much safer in His than ever could be in our own. Only the infinite God can be trusted with infinite knowledge. Paul concludes Romans with the statement that it is “God alone who is wise.” It serves us well continually refresh that truth as we ponder our lives!

Certainly, we can confidently conclude with the above truth. But let us rightly point specifically to Jesus. To the Colossians (2:3), Paul writes it is “… Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

Let’s conclude from Paul in Ephesians 1 (from J.B. Phillips), “It is through Him, at the cost of His own blood, that we are redeemed, freely forgiven through that full and generous grace which has overflowed into our lives and opened our eyes to the truth. For God has allowed us to know the secret of His plan, and it is this: He purposes in His sovereign will that all human history shall be consummated in Christ, that everything that exists in Heaven or earth shall find its perfection and fulfillment in Him. And here is the staggering thing– that in all which will one day belong to Him we have been promised a share (since we were long ago destined for this by the One who achieves His purposes by His sovereign will), so that we, as the first to put our confidence in Christ, may bring praise to His glory!”

Wisdom, truth and salvation, all found in Jesus… Maranatha!