Summary: God's wisdom is unsearchable, therefore we must trust in His wisdom. We are to be humble before an all-wise God. Ask God for wisdom.
33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
34 "Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counsellor?"
35 "Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?"
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.
There is no one wiser than God. Whatever God does, it is His wisest move.
• Think of the situation you are in right now, all that is happening. And then tell yourself, those are God’s wisest moves in your life.
• If He is all-wise, then whatever happens must have taken place because it is with the best possible means, done in the best possible way (that God knows how), to produce the best possible result in my life.
• If there is a better option, a kinder way, a more effective solution, then God would have used it.
So whatever happens in my life is God’s wisest move.
• A. W. Tozer: “Wisdom is the ability to devise perfect ends and to achieve those ends by the most perfect means. It sees the end from the beginning, so there can be no need to guess or conjecture. Wisdom sees everything in focus, each in proper relation to all, and is thus able to work toward predestined goals with flawless precision.”
• God cannot miss anything. He is always on track to accomplish His plan.
• Not only could God’s actions not be better done, a better way to do them could be imagined. An infinitely wise God must work in a manner not to be improved upon by finite creatures.
• The passage says: “Who has been His counsellor?” (Rom 11:34)
Pastor Chip Ingram gave an interesting illustration. A man works as a train operator, controlling the train traffic by switching tracks. One day a young boy came playing on the tracks. To the man’s horror the boy tripped and got his foot caught in the track, while an oncoming train was speeding down. He cannot reach the boy in time, and he cannot stop the train in time.
To shift the tracks and derail the train would likely kill many people on board while saving the boy. To leave it would mean the sacrifice of one life for the many on board. What would be the wisest choice?
The honest answer is: We just don’t know. What if the son was the next Billy Graham? What if the accident killed 50 people on board but the boy’s ministry helped millions of people come to know Christ and spend eternity in heaven? What if the next great evangelist was on the train? What if a great scientist, an inventor…, what if the cure for cancer was on the train?
We don’t have sufficient knowledge and understanding to make the wisest decision.
• Only God knows all things about all people for all time, and how everything impacts one another.
• No wonder Romans 11 says, His judgments are unsearchable, and his paths beyond tracing out!
• What is wisdom? Wisdom is not knowledge; it is the wise use of knowledge. Wisdom is not experience; it is the wise use of experience.
And this all-wise God has your highest good in mind! Think about that for a moment.
• What difference would that make, if you firmly believed that what you are going through was allowed or orchestrated by an all-wise loving Father?
• What if EVERYTHING in your life was part of a wise plan? What if you got to know that there isn’t a plan B or plan C, because it has always been a plan A for you, in God’s sight?
• Can you imagine what would happen to your anxiety level, what it does to your emotions?
There is no accident to an all-wise God. When you are convinced of that, it will transform your life. Your whole outlook to life will change.
• If God’s wisdom is unfathomable and unsearchable, then what can man do?
• We cannot KNOW His wisdom; we can only TRUST His wisdom.
• Proverbs stays wisdom is rooted in fearing God. He is the source of wisdom.
(1) TRUST IN HIS WISDOM
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. My ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (cf. Isa 55:8-9)
• A. W. Tozer says we are filled with anxieties and worries in life because we are trying to manage life trusting upon our own wisdom. “There is a better way. It is to repudiate our own wisdom and take instead the infinite wisdom of God. Our insistence upon seeing ahead is natural enough, but it is a real hindrance to our spiritual progress. God has charged Himself with full responsibility for our eternal happiness and stands ready to take over the management of our lives the moment we turn in faith to Him.”