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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.

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GOD’S KNOWLEDGE IS DEEP. On June 17, 1972, five men were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washing D.C. The fallout led to the resignation of PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON. It is the first and only time the presidency has been resigned. This second-rate burglary erupted into a national scandal by the persistence of investigative reporters with two questions: What did the President know? And when did he know it? Let’s ask these questions of God. WHAT DOES GOD KNOW? God is OMNISCIENT. God knows all things. There is nothing that God does not God. God knows all things known, unknown, and knowable. God knows all things past, present, and future. God knows all things actual, potential, and theoretical. God knows all things in heaven, on earth, and in hell. WHEN DID GOD KNOW IT? God’s perfect knowledge is ETERNAL. God has never learned anything. In eternity past, God knew all things. And when this hiccup of eternity called time is consummated, God will not know one thing in eternity future that he did not know in eternity past.


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; yet your footprints were unseen.” This is our God. God is real. God is alive. God is moving. God is going somewhere. God always reaches his intended destination. But God leaves no footprints as he travels. God leaves no fingerprints as he works. God leaves no DNA evidence for you to trace. His ways are inscrutable.

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