Introduction:In this current series of posts, we are exploring the existence, being, and attributes of God.
God's grace and wisdom function as bookends, holding together all of the wondrous truths of the Gospel in both its theological and practical considerations.
Defining God's wisdom
“Wisdom, among other things, is the ability to devise perfect ends and to achieve those ends by the most perfect means. It sees the end from the beginning, so there can be no need to guess or conjecture. Wisdom sees everything in focus, each in proper relation to all, and is thus able to work toward predestined goals with flawless precision.”
In a similar vein of thought, author J.I. Packer remarks about wisdom in his classic book: "Knowing God" -
“Wisdom is the power to see, and the inclination to choose, the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it.”
As aforementioned, God’s grace and wisdom function like bookends to hold together the details of the Gospel, life and eternity. Wisdom is one of the attributes or characteristics of God. Per the doctrine of Divine unity (also called by the older term, "Divine simplicity"), whenever we have one of God’s attributes, we have all of God, since He is all His attributes.
God's essential attribute of wisdom comforts me. His attributes are as light through a prism, transfiguring the white light of the sun into the manifold colors of the rainbow. By analogy, wisdom is that most noblest of virtues in creatures. If we consider the 11th century thinker Anselm's classic definition of God as,
The greatest Being that can be conceived, compared to which none greater can be conceived" (i.e. the greatest conceivable being),
then Divine wisdom is a necessary quality of God's being.