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HIS WAYS PAST FINDING OUT

"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!"
Romans 11:33

When we think of the magnitude of God we must join David in saying, "Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable [inconceivable, beyond knowing]" [Psalm 145:3). His Word reveals to us such a depth of treasures unexplored, mines that are unsearchable and riches of wisdom that far surpass our finite ability to conceive of.

Can we, in any way, comprehend the condescending love of God that conceived such a plan for our redemption? The Creator of heaven and earth was made in the likeness of man, took upon Himself the form of a servant, and was obedient unto death, even the humiliating death of the cross at the hands of sinful men whom He created. Mankind could never have conceived such a glorious provision, much less performed it. His love transcends the vilest sin of man: "Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound" (Romans 5:20).

Then God provided a perfect righteousness in His Son, Jesus Christ. He fulfilled all the precepts of the law, suffered its penalties and by His own obedience unto death, to "bring in an everlasting righteousness" (Daniel 9:24). "But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption" (1 Corinthians 1:30). The vilest of sinners, when he truly believes in the atonement of Christ, becomes possessed of righteousness, not of his own, but a righteousness in which he stands before God without spot or blemish...in the righteousness of the "Lamb that was slain." Thus we are clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amazing grace of our wonderful Lord which is beyond our understanding. We stand in awe and in the wonder of it all. "The ways of God are past finding out" (Romans 11:33). Isaiah was lost in the wonders of God. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith 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 55:8-9).

Who were the objects of His choice? Would they be our choice? God takes a Manasseh, who was one of the most evil, terrifying kings of Israel, who filled Jerusalem with the blood of innocent people. He takes a Mary Magdalene, who had been possessed of seven demons. He takes a Saul, who had been a proud, blaspheming, cruel, blood-thirsty persecutor. He leaves the rich young ruler, who, in his own opinion, at least, had kept all God's commandments from his youth up. Yet even publicans and harlots were admitted freely, while the scribes and pharisees were given over to their own choices. What a paradox these choices are, but how profound are His ways that defy our understanding. He transforms the vilest sinner into a saint to be used for His glory. He turns the self-righteous to his own demise. "How unsearchable are his judgments!" (Romans 11:33).

Have we not seen in our own lives the wonders of His grace? What is there in any of us that we should warrant His concern, care, or consideration? Do we, in any way, merit God's love or any measure of His mercy and grace? Yet He is "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). He has done everything necessary for our redemption. We must accept this undeserving gift of salvation through Jesus Christ (John 3:16). We cannot understand or conceive so great a love, but let us turn with contrite hearts and receive all He has provided in Christ. Great are the mysteries of God, "His ways past finding out!" To behold the majesty of God in any measure is to be lost in the wonder of it all. To God be the glory...great things He has done!

© 2007 by Ed Powell. Used by permission.


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