God’s grace, through the cross of Christ, unmasks us. The cross exposes our guilty secrets and the condemnation and lethal punishment that we deserve, leaving us nowhere to hide to preserve our “image.”
As Habakkuk and the people of Israel face the coming Babylonians, God comforts them by revealing His awesome power and intention to right all wrongs. God’s display of terrifying beauty gives hope and perseverance to His saints.
Wisdom reminds us that when we approach God in prayer and worship that our words should be few; since, our foolish tendency is to multiply words instead of trusting in the perfect and sufficient words of Christ.
God in the book of Proverbs instructs us on how to interact with fools, those who have embraced ways of living that lead to misery and hardship. But God also calls us to examine ourselves, to evaluate the ways we act, and to turn to him as our only hope in this world.
The wisdom literature of the Bible exists primarily in the Hebrew Scriptures but the New Testament capitalizes on the wisdom literature and in Colossians 2:23 and 3:16 the Apostle Paul applies basic themes and structure from the wisdom literature to the Christian doctrine and practice of worship.
As Paul struggles with the realities of unbelief and opposition to his work, he resolves his anguish by contemplating the being of God. We may resolve our discouragements by meditating on the Triune God.