God Knows What He’s Doing
Sermon shared by H.b. Charles Jr.
Summary: "God Knows What He’s Doing" is a sermon based on the doxology of Paul recorded in Romans 11:33-36. It declares that God is worthy to be praised, because God knows what he’s doing, even when we do not.
Audience: General adults
B. GOD IS TOO HIGH FOR YOU TO FIGURE OUT.
Verse 33 says, “Oh, the depths of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” This exclamation declares that the God who is infinitely deep is transcendently high. Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” God is too high for you to figure out.
HIS JUDGMENTS ARE UNSEARCHABLE. Judgments is a judicial term, which is often used to refer to the condemnation and punishment of sin. Yet the context here speaks of the judgments of God in a broader sense. It refers to God’s decrees or decisions. In the ancient world, the ruler was also the judge. So it is with God. And his judgments are unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28 says, “Have you now known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.”
GOD’S PUNITIVE JUDGMENTS ARE UNSEARCHABLE. We do not know what God is up to when a person seems to be punished by God. When Jesus and his disciples passed a man who was born blind, the disciples assumed he was afflicted because of some wrongdoing. Jesus said, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him” (John 9:3). God’s punitive judgments are unsearchable. Likewise, GOD’S GRACIOUS JUDGMENTS ARE UNSEARCHABLE. We do not know what God is up to when a person seems to be punished by God. And we do not know what God is up to when a person seems to be blessed by God. There is no reason to be jealous when others experience favor. And there is no room for pride when we experience favor. God’s gracious judgments are unsearchable.
HIS WAYS ARE INSCRUTABLE. Judgments refers to God’s decrees. Ways refers to God’s activity. God’s ways are the path or road he travels to accomplish his judgments. And they are inscrutable, which means to be unable to track or trace a footprint. They are unfathomable. They are past finding out. Psalm 77:19 says, “Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters;
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