Can we truly COMPREHEND the infinite WISDOM of GOD?
November 18 Bible Reading: Romans Chapters 10-12
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33)
After reiterating the longest theological argument in the entire New Testament (spanning from Rom. 1:16 to 11:33), Apostle Paul reflects on the amazing wisdom and knowledge of God in His plan of salvation, as he bursts forth into a lavish and spontaneous praise of God. In the earlier chapters of this epistle, Paul had split the entire human race into two segments: Jew and Gentile. The promises of God came first to the Jews through Abraham and Moses, but they failed to receive those promises and finally crucified Jesus, who (unknown to them) was their long awaited Messiah. Due to this, God expanded His promises to the Gentiles through Peter and Paul. However, Israel will once again be restored to their fellowship with Jehovah God who will have mercy upon all - both Jew and Gentile! It was when Paul understood this wonderful plan of God that he praised God exuberantly!
God’s plan is so profound that it results in the good of all concerned and enhances His own glory. The human mind can never conceive the solution to the problem of how God could punish sin and still justly save the sinner. God’s wisdom has provided that solution. God’s decisions spring from logic that extends beyond human ability to comprehend. His decisions are unsearchable: they are too deep for mortal minds to fully understand. The ways in which He arranges creation, history, redemption, and providence are beyond our limited comprehension. God’s procedures are so complex that humans cannot discover them without the aid of divine revelation. God's judgments means His decrees or plans (Ps. 119:75), and God’s ways are the methods by which He carries these into effect. Ultimately, God is the originator, sustainer, and finisher of everything, and so He deserves all glory forever!
O the depth of the riches, and wisdom, and knowledge of God! God is rich in mercy, love, grace, faithfulness, power, and goodness, and His wisdom is infinite, unsearchable, incomparable, and invincible (Eph. 3:8). God’s wisdom directs all things to the best end; His knowledge sees that end. So unfathomable are the wisdom and knowledge of God that man can never descend to the bottom of that wisdom to search it out nor can he trace it through history, because it is beyond possibility to follow it completely. We cannot explain all the purposes and plans of God, but we can worship and praise Him for who He is!
Above all, we can only place our trust in our all-knowing God whose wisdom and knowledge is incomparable. God is with us always (Job 34:21); nothing is hidden from His sight (Heb. 4:13); He knows all our thoughts and words (1 Chron. 28:9) and He knows our future (Isa. 46:10). God knows everything (1 John 3:20) and He knows us intimately (Ps. 139:1-10) including our temptations, our worry and our sorrow. God’s purposes for today’s happenings may not be realized until tomorrow. Many times we may struggle with the reality that God knows what is best. As we rest upon His promises and continue to lovingly serve Him, God’s purposes will prove to be for our good and will ultimately result in His praise and glory!