Who Is Wise?

God’s last words through Hosea asked two questions. Hosea 14:9 says, “Who is wise? Let him understand these things. Who is prudent? Let him know them…” What are the answers that pertain to us? The verse concludes, “…For the ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.”


God’s word speaks to everyone and every situation. As I thought about the verse several other verses came to mind. Let me share them with you. These are verses that held me together when I was caring for my dad in his ‘fierce independent’ dementia days.


Genesis 18:25 says, “…Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” 2 Samuel 10:9 says, “When Joab saw that the battle line was against him before and behind…” He was hemmed in through his circumstances. Verse 10 says, “…And may the Lord do what is good in His sight.”


God’s ways are always right. Regardless of our circumstances, we can depend on Him absolutely and totally. Isaiah 55:9 says that His ways are higher than our ways.

I like to think about Psalm 103:7 which says, “He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.” Here are David’s words. Psalm 145:17 says, “The Lord is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works.”


I want to know His ways. Psalm 25:4 is a frequent prayer of mine. It says, “Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths.” Psalm 5:8 is another prayer. It says, “Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; make Your way straight before my face.”

I remember a childhood song: My Lord knows the way through the wilderness, all I have to do is follow. Let’s let the words ‘The ways of the Lord are right’ reverberate in our hearts. We may not understand right now, but we can trust that the True Judge of all the earth will do right.

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