Today’s Reading: Romans 11:13-36
Romans 11:33-36: “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgements, and his paths beyond tracing out! ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counsellor?’ ‘Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?’ For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.”
The passage begins with the word, “Oh…” This is an emotional and explosive expression. Something about what Paul has just written and what he is about to say causes a spontaneous emotional outburst.
“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” Paul seems to be struggling to find the right words to describe the depths of God’s riches. The word “depth” describes an enormous distance below a surface. Figuratively it speaks of God’s inexhaustible profundity. God is so deep that we can only go down a few feet and peer into eternity.
J.B. Phillips wrote a book with this title: Your God Is Too Small. This captures the struggle many of us have because our picture / understanding of God is much smaller than the God of the Bible.
I once heard a message on this and one of the suggestions that the preacher made to help us magnify our understanding of God is to go through the alphabet each day, thinking of a different attribute or characteristic of God for each letter. This is actually a great tip, For example:
For example: A – Almighty, B – Beautiful, C – Compassionate, D – Designer, E – Everlasting, F – Faithful, G – Gracious, H – Holy, I – Indescribable, J – Jehovah Shalom, K – Kind, L – Living, M – Magnificent, N – No equal, O – Omnipotent, P – Personal, Q – Quiet, R – Resplendent, S – Saviour,, T – The beginning and the end, U – Unshaken, V – Victor, W – Worthy, X – Extravagant (I cheated on this one), Y – Yahweh, Z – Zealous.
Now give it a go, see what attributes you come up with. If you get the chance add them as a comment so inspire others.