Verse: Proverbs 30:1-4
“I am weary, God,
but I can prevail.
Surely I am only a brute, not a man;
I do not have human understanding.
I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.
Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
Whose hands have gathered up the wind?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is the name of his son?
Surely you know!”
All through the book of Proverbs there is a repetitive theme of gaining wisdom above all else. As we near the end we are introduced to a new writer – Agur. This is his only writing in the entire Bible. And thematically he takes a step back to remind the reader that even if we spend a whole life seeking wisdom, in the end we pale in comparison to the wisdom and understanding of God.
Before he writes his sayings of wisdom, he roots them in humility. This whole thing reminds me of Job 38-39 where God questions Job about all the knowledge he does not possess.
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
As followers of Jesus we rightly emphasize the love of God for each of us individually. We relate to God as Savior and even friend. But it is important that we do not forget he is also God, Creator, and King. Think about these verses. Think about the magnitude of God having the authority to speak mountains into existence, to define boundary lines for oceans, to invent gravity, molecules, and stars. His knowledge is so vast, we can’t even describe it with words.
Before this God we should be humble. I think some people, though, have had a bad experience with teachings of God’s greatness because maybe they’ve been used to produce guilt and shame. That is so sad, because that’s not the intention. Knowing/meditating on God’s greatness should lead us to worship (how great is our God!), humility (who am I?), and gratitude (thank you for loving me!).
The great story is that this amazingly great and awesome God is an equally amazingly loving God. In all his splendor and majesty and “otherness”, he has become like us in the person of Jesus Christ. And in so doing, made a way for us to have a relationship with him.
So rejoice this morning! Rejoice in the wonder of who God is! Rejoice that you have a place in his family! Rejoice that you don’t have it have it all together, because God is definitely big enough for whatever you are facing today.
God, I pray you would reveal to my heart just how great and wonderful you are!
Author: Christian Dunn