Who Taught God?
Isaiah 40:14 (ESV) — Whom did he consult, and who made him understand? Who taught him the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding?
The world needs teachers. I don’t mean only the kind that work at schools or universities. I’m talking about people who pass on their wisdom and knowledge to others. I can name several teachers that have helped me in my growth and understanding of God’s Word. The incredible thought is that each of them had their own teachers, and those teachers had teachers. It is a never-ending chain of knowledge and wisdom passed on through the generations.
But our passage today teaches us that God never had a teacher. This is mind-blowing to reflect on. God possesses all knowledge and wisdom to such a degree that nobody has been, or could be, His teacher. We read in Isaiah 40:14, “Whom did he consult, and who made him understand? Who taught him the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding?”
Think about the questions posed in the text. Whom did God consult? Who is it that made Him understand something? These are rhetorical questions with obvious answers: nobody. Nobody that has ever lived or will live can counsel God. Nobody can teach God something. The questions continue. Who taught God about the path of justice or taught Him knowledge or showed Him the way of understanding? The obvious answer is nobody. He stands alone as the all-wise God.
Why are these questions raised? Because they remind us of the foolishness of believing God needs help understanding something. It relieves us of the notion that God lacks knowledge or wisdom about how to govern the world. The LORD needs no help or assistance with how He rules. He possesses all knowledge and wisdom. Mankind offers Him nothing, nor adds to His vast knowledge. Rather, we stand in need of His help.
Seek the LORD today. Ask Him to help you grow in knowledge and wisdom.
Let your heart be at rest knowing the LORD possesses all wisdom.
He rules and governs according to that wisdom.
He cannot err because He knows all things. Trust Him. Look to Him. Ask Him to settle your restless heart amidst the chaos of the world by remembering He is the wise governor of all things.
Reflection & Journal:
- Why do these questions help us remember God’s wisdom?
- What does a passage like this do in helping us grow in trusting the LORD?
- How can we apply a passage like this to our lives? What help does it provide us?
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