God’s Wisdom and Ours, “Knowing God”, chapter 10 (part 2)

Today we continue our reflection on the theme of God’s wisdom– as it relates to us, as explained by J.I. Packer in chapter 10 of Knowing God. This can be downloaded in yesterday’s post below. Please read this before considering these reflection questions.

For your reflection:

  1. Referring to pages 116-120, how can the lessons of Ecclesiastes help us today?
  2. J.I. Packer says that God’s wisdom is always and only a gift to us; and only as the means of our reaching his chosen ‘end’ for us– to know him and enjoy him forever. How might the following verses support this claim?

1Corinthians 1:18    For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: 

  “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” 

20    Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.