Thursday, 30 April 2020
How does it feel like when we challenge someone to do something which they are an expert at? As a sensible person, we dare not even imagine it. It would be foolish to do so. But when it comes to God, all of us are, at one point of life, are guilty of “challenging” God. We all know ourselves, and we have done it one way or another (or maybe even still at it). We do so frequently by indirectly saying we know better than Him. But that is a rather unwise thing to do.
In this passage, we read that the man declares that he is weary and worn out (v 1). He continues to lament about his stupidity and lack of understanding (v 2). He goes on to tell us he has no wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One. It is interesting to point out that wisdom comes through fear and knowledge of our God. If we want wisdom, we must go to Him. This theme is repeated over and over throughout the book. Wisdom comes through fearing God and it is for everyone.
But what is this wisdom? Here we see Agur asking rhetorical questions (v 4). The answers to these questions are easy, God is the one who does all these things. He is the only who has ascended and descended from heaven. He was the only one who is in control of all nature. Because He was the one who established all the ends of the earth! He ends the remark by asking us if we know this person (who can know these things) and his son! “Surely you know!” But we don’t know. All this is to help us see our inability to grasp things beyond ourselves. What more when it comes to all that God is doing around the world! We are unable to grasp it and we will never be able to.
Finally, Agur reminds us that all of God’s word proves true and that He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him (v 5a)! We are being reminded that God is true to Himself because of who He is. He does all that He says and all that He says He will do. Because of this, God can be trusted and He is reliable. Because of all these, He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him (v 5b) and He will always be! Agur also reminds us not to add to God’s word, lest He rebukes us and we be found as a liar (v 6) This friendly advice is a rather fierce one because if we add unto God’s Word we would be rebuked by the living God and become a liar! In other words, we become a liar if we are to add unto all that God has said and all that He did not say!
As we conclude, let us go back to the question that was raised at us earlier. How does it feel like to challenge God? As sinful human beings, we fall into this trap, especially when things do not go our way or as we expected. In light of all these, especially when things don’t go our way, here are some few pointers for us to reflect upon our lives:
- Are we weary, worn out and in need of God’s wisdom in our lives today? If we do, let us come before God in humility and in fearful reverence and ask Him to give us the wisdom we need. God’s wisdom is not only for those who are “worthy.” Rather, it is for all of us who are weary, worn out and in need of wisdom, especially in trusting God for all situations in life.
- Have you challenged (or you are still challenging) God about certain things that did not work out in your life? As this passage reminds us, how much do we know about all that God is doing in this world? Let us come to God in prayer with humble hearts, asking Him for forgiveness for challenging Him.
- Even as we come to God in genuine questioning, may we ask in humility. Most importantly, may we not add unto all that God has said and not said. We tend to insert words into God’s word, and it is unwise. May God give us the wisdom we need as we direct some of our questions towards God and go to Him in humility.
Let us be assured that we can find our wisdom, forgiveness and refuge in Christ. Our plans might not go the way we planned or imagined, especially in this season. But we can always find our refuge in Christ, trusting and knowing He is all that we ever need in our lives. We can always go to Christ for wisdom in navigating all of these because He is the wisdom of God made manifested.
Hon Sir Neng