“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!”
Romans 11:33 (NIV)
Throughout the centuries people have argued back and forth about the ways of God. Arguments for and against the existence of God have occupied the greatest minds of the ages and also the minds of us lesser people.
The most important aspect of the quest to know if there is a God and what He is like is not even mentioned by most people. We ignore the critical issue that if there is a God Who has put everything in place, He must be infinitely greater than we are.
Our universe is so complex that the greatest minds confess that it appears to be beyond our ability to understand. Albert Einstein, possibly the greatest thinker in the 20th century, spent most of his brilliant career searching for a theory to explain everything. He failed and no one since has been able to find what eluded Einstein.
Our verse for today gives us something very significant to ponder. In effect, the verse tells us that we will never explain everything in the world around us. Once we introduce the idea of God we are in over our heads. We need the humility to confess that we cannot give reasons for all that God is pleased to do in the world around us.
For example who can explain the reasons why a loving, sovereign God would allow the Holocaust? How could God stand by and allow Auschwitz with its gas chambers that took the lives of millions of Jews? No one has an answer for that horror in human history. It defies explanation. If we are to understand such a thing God must tell us.
I believe we should seek to understand as much as we can about God and the difficult issues in the world. However we need to come to that task with the humility appropriate to the hard realities of life. Learn what we can and then bow before God and say with Jesus—
“Even so Father for so it seemed good in your sight.”
At the end of our search for answers to the riddles of life we are humbled by our ignorance and must leave the answers to the God Who made us and humbly ask for grace to endure ”’his mysterious ways when we cannot understand them.
Are you prepared to leave your questions unanswered? Will you submit to the God who so often seems to be other than described in holy Scripture? We read of His justice but see so much injustice in His world. He is called a God of love but the world is still full of hatred and anger. Can you leave it all with Him and believe that in His time everything will become clear? 1 Corinthians 13:12 (NIV) says,
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
We do not understand now but the promise is some day we shall fully understand.