Things are not always the way they seem. Especially when it comes to how God is working in our lives and the world around us. Often it seems that things are going along just fine when suddenly everything falls apart. Conversely what seems to be a terrible tragedy actually turns out for the best. I suspect the reason for this is found in the fact that we just don’t see things the way God sees them. What we see as good may actually turn out to be bad and what we see as bad may work out for our good.
All of us have been conditioned by this world to see things through the eyes of human wisdom based on our own knowledge of good and evil. In his first letter to the church at Corinth the apostle Paul contrasts the common wisdom of the world with the wisdom of God. In 1 Corinthians 2: 6-8 he writes, “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect; yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory; Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
The wisdom of God is radically different than the wisdom of this world and cannot be understood by the natural mind. Paul goes on to quote Isaiah saying, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit; for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” (1 Corinthians 2: 9-10) Only by the revelation of the Spirit of God can men see things through the eyes of the wisdom of God rather than the wisdom of man. So, Paul declares the good news in verse 12, “Now we have received, not the Spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things which are freely given to us of God.”
I am sure that the reason things are not always as they seem is because I am seeing them through the eyes of human wisdom rather than they eyes of God’s wisdom. Human wisdom tells me I am still the old dysfunctional person I’ve always been, that the news media reports are the truth, that God doesn’t care about me, and that the world is going to hell in a handbasket! No wonder I’m depressed! But when I see through the eyes of God’s wisdom I can see the truth about myself, others, and God. God’s indwelling Spirit teaches me that I am not a victim but more than a conqueror, that the media and politicians (princes) have no idea of the truth, that God is continually working all things to my good, and that He is in the process of making a new heaven and earth. In short, the “things that are freely given to us of God”.
God has promised to work all things together for our good. The all things include even those things we naturally think of as bad for us according to the wisdom of the world. In addition, he has given each believer his Spirit living in us to comfort and guide us into truth. Seeing things around us through the eyes of God’s wisdom gives us all the assurance we need to love others no matter what is happening in this world.