This chapter was a timely reminder for me about the wisdom of God. The Bible says that His ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9). It’s often so easy to fall into either thinking that God doesn’t care about our circumstances or that He is powerless to intervene in our lives. I like how Packer ties God’s wisdom to His other attributes (e.g. omniscience, omnipotence) as he points out that all God’s attributes work together and cannot be understood separately. I also appreciate Packer’s reminder that if we cannot comprehend why things happen, we should observe that all things happen to illustrate God’s awesome glory. We as the redeemed children of God are to bring glory to Him in our short lives here on earth. We’ll never be able to fully understand the reasons behind God’s ways but I’m glad that His wisdom is so much greater than mine.
I agree with Packer that we need to think BIG about God. I agree that God`s majesty is not something that we hear Christians mention much in their everyday conversations. It seems that we are more intent on focusing on our own issues and problems and forget that He is both personal and majestic. I find that this is especially true for me as I gain more knowledge of Him. It is easy to claim that God is majestic and powerful but when it comes to handling the complexities of life’s issues, I instinctively attempt to “fix” the problems with my own earthly wisdom. However, Packer reminds us that God is not only powerful but also personal in that He is near to those which belong to Him. As John Bunyan said: “You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed. Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge to Satan.” In Christ, we have the privilege, honour, and duty to approach the Father knowing that He is majestic and mighty to save.