“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” – Romans 11:33:
Scripture reading: Romans 11:33-36
Several days ago, we noted that the ocean depths are largely unknown to us. Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench, near the Philippines, is about 36,000 feet deep. That is almost seven miles. If you plunked Mt. Everest into Challenger Deep, its peak would still be a mile underwater. More people have gone up into space than down into Challenger Deep.
“Oh the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” (Romans 11:33). God’s wisdom is deeper than Challenger Deep. Unlike Challenger Deep, it is impossible to plumb the depths of His ways.
God’s glory in creation is worth a Romans 11:33 outburst! This doxology, however, is Paul’s response to God’s wisdom in redemption. In Romans 3:21-11:32, Paul traces for us the astonishing way God has chosen, in Christ, to justify, sanctify and glorify His chosen ones, Jews and Gentiles, and to renew all creation. No human could dream up, let alone implement, such a wise plan!
It is wise to study and embrace God’s ways in salvation. It is wise to confess that you have turned from God to go your own, foolish way. It is wise to embrace Jesus Christ and His finished work for you on the cross as the Way back into fellowship with God. Then you can sing with Paul, “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36).
Suggestions for Prayer
Pray the words of the Romans 11:33-36 as a prayer of praise.
Pastor Richard Zekveld, his wife Nancy (nee Vandermeer), and their five children live in South Holland, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Richard has pastored Covenant Fellowship Church of South Holland (PCA) since 2015, he also works part-time in jail ministry as a chaplain for Chicagoland Prison Outreach. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at NTGDevotional.com.