Blessed inscrutability

O, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!

How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable are his ways!

(Romans 11:33)

Have you ever been completely absorbed in a book and enthralled by the story being woven around you by the author? That is the feeling conveyed by this verse. What God is doing in the world is so profound and rich in mercy, grace, wisdom and glory that praise bursts forth as we comprehend even fragments of His work.

Since we can comprehend only fragments of God’s work, He is unsearchable and inscrutable to us, as expressed by Elie Wiesel in his novel Night’. His purpose is often veiled. We cannot follow Christ through Gethsemane and Calvary, we can only watch and wonder at the astounding God who is redeeming us.

Jesus confronts us with God’s infinitely deep wisdom and knowledge when we ask what purpose could a person being born blind have, he says it is so that the works of God might be displayed (John 9:1-3). We ask why towers fall, he tells us to repent in case one falls on us! (Luke 13:4-5).

If you truly understood Jesus he would be just a man, not your savior.


A message from John Piper on the Deep Riches and Wisdom and Knowledge of God from his series of sermons on the book of Romans is available at the Desiring God website.

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