Romans 11:33-36—Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments and untraceable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? Or who has ever first given to Him, and has to be repaid? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
We do not know what He knows—His wisdom is beyond human comprehension, beyond measuring and unlimited in value. Take all the collective knowledge of the world and give it to one person and he or she would easily conclude that there is so much we don’t know.
His judgments are resolute, trustworthy and accurate. The One without sin is perfect in every pronouncement. Who can judge how He judges? Who can find the source of His reasoning?
Who can predict His next act, define His previous actions or plot His doing now? He is invisible yet marks us, hidden yet inside us, working but doing what? He knows every thought, word and deed of ours and this ought to elicit from us a “wow!”
Tell me God’s thoughts? Can you? Explain His mind. Give reason for His mercy when punishment is deserved, His grace when we are so deficient, His love while we ignore or disobey Him, His patience through our complaining, and His direction when we wander.
Do you advise the omniscient One? What is your resume that gives you the right to direct His ways? Who can add anything to the Maker of everything?
What contribution have you made that heaven’s messengers dispatch God’s IOU? At the first thought that you deserve better have you considered that you deserve nothing? The Creator who made all and more than the largest telescopes can see and rocket-born cameras discover knows no debt. The word He deserves is “wow!”
A sinner named Saul knew the shame of his fall
When the voice of His Savior delivered the call
And a saint named Paul left his blindness to bow
To the Son of the Father, the Lord of the Wow!
For from Him and through Him and to Him all things
To Him be the glory forever we’ll sing! Amen.
Tom Capps wrote in Pray and Plan,“Genuine praise has a way of changing our focus from self to God, from problem to solution, from disappointment to great expectation, from depression to joy, from despair to hope.” Certainly Paul saw reason to marvel at God. So might we!
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)