God’s wisdom is so vast, it’s beyond our understanding. We can barely see over the next hill, but He knows the repercussions of every action. This week, we’ll meditate on how good God’s wisdom is, and how we can develop wise living.
A Devotional Meditation on Romans 11:33
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and unfathomable His ways!Romans 11:33
Our Series on the Attributes of God
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Today’s meditation is part of a series focused on the attributes of God. I’m using Chip Ingram’s The Real God: As He Longs for You to See Him and A.W. Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy as references for definitions and some insight. If you would like to learn more about each of these attributes, I recommend starting with Ingram’s book (he quotes Tozer often).
A Working Definition of God’s Wisdom
Wisdom sees the end from the beginning, so there can be no guess or conjecture. Wisdom sees everything in focus, each in proper relation to all, and thus is able to work toward predestined goals, with flawless precision.A.W. Tozer from The Knowledge of the Holy
Devotional on the Wisdom of God
The shock waves, the butterfly effects, from each of our actions are unfathomable. And yet, God knows. He has seen and controls all the far-reaching repercussions of every single thing on earth.
All God’s acts are done in perfect wisdom, first for His own glory, and then for the highest good of the greatest number for the longest time. All His acts are as pure as they are wise, and as good as they are wise and pure. Not only could His acts not be better done: a better way to do them could not be imagined.Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy
Whatever we’re experiencing right now–good or bad– is within His perfect wisdom for “His own glory, and then for highest good of the greatest number for the longest time.”
Isn’t that hard to understand? His wisdom obviously directs the good times in our lives, but I have a hard time trusting that His wisdom is in control during the dark times.
“Lord, is this really the best way forward? Are you really sure this is the only way?” Even Jesus asked Him, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26: 39)
How We Should Respond
Chip Ingram gives us four ways to respond to God’s wisdom so that it permeates our lives and transforms our steps:
- Wise living begins with reverence for God.
- Wise living grows by receiving his Word.
- Wise living requires that we ask for it specifically
- Wise living involves learning to trust God completely.
Below is a look at my dialogue with the Holy Spirit while meditating on this passage. I meditate on the same verse every day for at least a week, and this is just a model to get you started. Meditating on scripture is a very personal journey and relationship with God, but you may find my Meditation Guide helpful. Subscribe now to my Newsletter and get immediate access to a Free Printable Library that includes meditation guidelines, a Meditation Journal Page, Scripture Writing pages, and bookmarks for this verse.
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! — I am still and allow the depth of your wisdom come to me. Awe washes over me. I contemplate the riches of your depths: truth, beauty and understanding. I long for you, and pray to grow closer as I study your Word.
How unsearchable are His judgments, –I can never understand your judgments; they are too high for me. So I ask for your direction, then live by faith. I’m so thankful for your just nature and that you are my loving God.
and unfathomable His ways! –Your ways are beyond me. I’m still and picture your unfathomable ways, and I release my need to find my own way. I long to be a part of the mystery of your plans.
Suggested Breath Prayers
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Depth of Wisdom
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