Just a couple of months ago, I had the privilege of visiting Chicago for just one day with April (my wife). She was busy in an interview, and I was working from a coffee shop on my laptop. For lunch, I met Nathan (Becky’s awesome husband) in the city, and after a blessed time together, I found myself with time to explore downtown Chicago for a short while. Upon the recommendation of my wonderful lunch date, who also happens to be a staunch advocate of the great city, I decided to venture down the street to the Harold Washington Library, and it was beautiful. While I perused the halls looking at the architecture, art, and books, I stumbled upon large letters that read:
“Wisdom begins in wonder” – Socrates
I was amused by the phrase, and then I was swiftly challenged by it. I promptly acknowledged the truth that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”, but my mind could not help but drift to the idea that maybe I had lost a wonder for my King. I couldn’t help but think that the routine demands of a life on this earth captivate me to a point of distraction. I then prayed that my wonder would be renewed, that it would solely lead to a reverence for Him, and that my fear of Him would be the only wisdom I live by in this life.
And so, I begin to wonder.
Who is He?
Jehovah Jireh – Provider? Elohim – Creator? Yahweh? Abba Father? El Shaddai – God Almighty? The Holy One? Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? King of kings and Lord of lords? Prince of Peace? Conqueror? Friend? Lion? Lamb? How is he all? Praise the Lord!
What is He like?
Is He Merciful? Is He Gracious? Is He Just? Is He good? Is He Loving? Is He truth? Is He sovereign? Is He holy? Is He faithful? Is He unchanging? Is He infinite? Is He mighty? Is He powerful? Is He gentle? Is He wise? How can all of these exist in one? Praise the Lord!
Why did He come into this world?
What was it like for Creator and King of all to come in the form of a baby boy? What was it like for Mary and Joseph to hold such a precious gift? What was it like for the people to see a promise fulfilled? Did He come simply to obey the Father? Did He come because He loves me? Is it possible that He was fully capable of desiring and accomplishing both? Praise the Lord!
The joy in all of this is that I have and know the answer to every inquiry above, and I wonder why that is possible. I wonder why such glorious mysteries are revealed of the person of Christ, my Lord. I wonder why these mysteries are revealed to a person like me.
At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.” | Matthew 11:26
Praise the Lord that he showed truth to little children. It seemed fitting to speak of this in light of the Christmas season that is upon us – a season full of bright lights, starry skies, white snow, a baby boy, and all manner of wonderful things. Of all those, there is only one that is excellent and perfect. There is only one wonder that leads us to fear and awe and reverence.
There is only One wonder that leads to wisdom.
I pray that my mind and my heart and my life be not directed by anything short of a wonder for Him.
Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. | Psalm 29:1-2