The Depth of God’s Wisdom – Romans 11:33-34

Oh, the depth of the riches
both of the wisdom and of 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? – Romans 11:33-34 CSB

This hymn at the end of the 11th chapter of Romans is a reminder of the vast difference between humanity and our creator. It is oftentimes tempting to question why God does, or allows, certain things. And it is temping to play the ‘If I Were God’ game. You know how it goes. If I were God, I would abolish disease, earthquakes, and hurricanes. If I were God, so and so would not have been elected. If I were God, I would smite all child abusers.

But the truth is that I am not God. I cannot begin to understand why he does, or allows, what he does. His inner counsels are hidden from me. He has never come to me asking for my advice on some situation. As much as I learn and understand, it is only a drop in the bucket compared to the depth of God’s wisdom and knowledge. Indeed, the total wisdom and knowledge of mankind falls far short of the depth and breath of God’s wisdom and knowledge.

God’s desire is that we trust him like little children. Instead we too often act like know-it-all teenagers, thinking that we know better than our creator. Lord, even as I seek understanding, help me to trust in you and not in my own understanding.

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