God is perfect in love. God is perfect in justice. God is abounding and overflowing in grace and mercy.
Lady Wisdom on the other hand? Well…she’s kind of a B.
On one hand, God says, “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” (Isaiah 44:22)
On the other hand, Lady Wisdom scoffs in your face and says, “You got what you deserve and it will haunt you forever.”
On one hand, God works all things for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His name. (Romans 8:28)
On the other hand, Lady Wisdom will let you fall deep into the pit and let you figure out how to claw your way out on your own.
On one hand, God will lead you as you walk through the valley of the shadow of death. (Psalm 23)
On the other hand, Lady Wisdom won’t even go there with you, but will give you a shovel as a parting gift to dig your own grave.
God is good.
Lady Wisdom is a B.
And she always catches up to you, no matter what, no matter where, no matter when. And more than a decade later, she’s still scoffing in my face and taunting me with, “Maybe you’d actually get pregnant if you didn’t screw around with your body and starve yourself for so long.”
But she’s right.
A complaint about God that RJ and I have heard often from various students over the years is, “If God were so good, then why would He allow me to get an F on my midterm?”
To which we respond, “Well, did you study for it?”
“Have you been going to class?”
“So…you’re saying that you didn’t study or go to class…but that God’s not good because…He let you get an F on your midterm?”
That, my friends, isn’t God. That’s you. And that’s Lady Wisdom being the unforgiving B that she is. This is God’s goodness in this whole scenario: God’s goodness is letting you fail when you haven’t done a lick of work so that you can get your shit together, DO WORK SON, and not become a leech on society or your parents.
See what I’m saying?
As humans, we have a way of labeling natural law and logic as “God’s punishment” and “the unforgiving nature of God.” Maybe it’s a way to shift blame and avoid accepting personal responsibility for our actions, or maybe we have a distorted view of God as a magical “get ridder” of anything icky and difficult in our lives.
But the reality is, there is a natural consequence for every decision you choose to make in your life. That’s not God. That’s just logic and reason, Lady Wisdom’s modus operandi. And just because you’re a Christian doesn’t mean that you have some magical immunity to the natural consequences of the poor decisions you’ve made in your life. No matter how long ago, no matter how completely forgiven, no matter how repentant you are, no matter how far removed. Your every decision catches up to you.
God is endlessly forgiving, and can work all things out for our own good, even if it’s painful in the process.
Lady Wisdom…well…she’s like the honey badger.
She don’t care.