Romans 11:33–36 33Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 34“For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 35“Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” 36For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
It is sad to see how easy it is for us to become full of ourselves. We believe we are insightful and confident. Our insatiable self-absorption leads us to live as if we are the center of the universe, denying the reality that if we are center of the universe, our universe is incredibly small.
The God of the Bible is the one in possession of true riches, wisdom, and knowledge. God, who is both Creator and Redeemer, works out His gospel plan in ways that are beyond our ability to comprehend. As Isaiah records the words of 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.” (Isaiah 55:9)
God is not in our debt. He owes us nothing but eternal damnation as justice. In all actuality, we don’t want what we deserve.
If we are fortunate, God will rock our world with unpredictable and unsettling circumstances, knocking us off our high horse of self-centeredness. Such purposeful and merciful intervention by God compels us to see that we are in desperate need of God’s gospel truth, revealed to us in saving work of Jesus Christ crucified, buried and risen. The good news of eternal hope in Jesus is the most satisfying communication of grace a heart can know. “To him be the glory forever. Amen.“