God of wonders

Ecclesiastes 11-5

The Verse of the Day for May 15, 2016 comments on the inability of humanity to comprehend the “works of God”, as expressed in Ecclesiastes 11:5 (Amplified Bible):

Just as you do not know the way and path of the wind or how the bones are formed in the womb of a pregnant woman, even so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.

The Common English Bible offers this rendering:

Just as you don’t understand what the life-breath does in the fetus inside a pregnant woman’s womb, so you can’t understand the work of God, who makes everything happen.

Elsewhere in Ecclesiastes, Solomon confirms that God’s way and all his works far surpass the human mind:

Ecclesiastes 8:17 (AMP):

17 and I saw all the work of God, I concluded that man cannot discover the work that is done under the sun. Even though man may labor in seeking, he will not discover; and [more than that], though a wise man thinks and claims he knows, he will not be able to find it out.

The writer of Ecclesiastes goes on to confirm this about God:

Ecclesiastes 3:11

11 He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end.

We find another illustration of the incomprehensible greatness of God Almighty in Romans 11: 33-35., as the Apostle Paul offers what has been designated as a doxology or hymn of praise. Derived from two Greek words, doxa, meaning “glory” and legein, meaning “to speak,” these verses give praise to the indescribable virtues of God.

Romans 11:33-35 (AMP)

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and decisions and how unfathomable and untraceable are His ways! 34 For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor? 35 Or who has first given to Him that it would be paid back to him?

We conclude our reflection on the works of the Almighty with Chris Tomlin, offering this musical proclamation: “God of Wonders”:

 

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