Depths, Riches and Wisdom

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Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counsellor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
Romans 11:33–36

Maybe it’s just me, but I suspect we all think we know best. How often have you watched some politician or another announce a policy on the television, only to shake your head and think “it should have been done this way”? I’m sure you’ve often thought, “if only Chris would do this or that, things would be better in the church”!

Sometimes we actually do know better. Often, though, we simply don’t have all the facts. In the end, though, it makes little difference. However much we might shout at the television the policy still comes into effect, and all we can do is wait for it to all go wrong.

This sitting in judgment is not a wise thing to do when it comes to God. We might think that, if we were God, things would be different but in the end we are not God. We are just humans, with all the limitation that brings. None of us is immortal or knows all things. None us actually rolled up our sleeves and got down to the business of creating this universe.

The wise person is the one who follows the example of the Apostle Paul, and admits the limits of our knowledge. At times all you can do is shrug and give God glory.

It Is Well With My Soul

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul


When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting (Acts 2:1) - We do our bit, but we can only do our bit. Let us not kid ourselves that we can achieve anything without God’s Spirit except a lot of rotas and activity.

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