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You cannot understand the activity of God

May 15, 2018

Ecclesiastes 11-5

The Verse of the Day for May 15, 2018 is found in Ecclesiastes 11:5 in the New Living Translation:

Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.

This verse reminds us that God, the creator of the universe, is far beyond our ability to comprehend. In thinking about this verse, the word “unsearchable” comes to mind, a term discussed in previous blog post that is revised and re-posted here:

Romans 11:33 (AMP) also sets forth the incomprehensible greatness of God Almighty:

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!

Here is the rendering in the New International Version:

[Doxology] Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

The final section of Romans 11 is designated as a doxology or hymn of praise. Derived from two Greek words, doxa, meaning “glory” and legein, meaning “to speak,” Romans 11:33-36 give praise to the indescribable virtues of God:

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? 36 For from Him [all things originate] and through Him [all things live and exist] and to Him are all things [directed]. To Him be glory and honor forever! Amen.

In the Book of Job and in the Psalms we find similar sentiments expressed:

Job 5:9 (NLT):

He does great things too marvelous to understand.

He performs countless miracles.  

Job 11:7-9 (NLT)

“Can you solve the mysteries of God?

Can you discover everything about the Almighty?

Such knowledge is higher than the heavens—

And who are you?

It is deeper than the underworld*—

What do you know?

It is broader than the earth

And wider than the sea.

The Psalmist also notes the incomprehensible nature of the Creator in Psalm 139:1-6 9 (NLT)

O Lord, you have examined my heart

And know everything about me.

You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

You see me when I travel

And when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

You know what I am going to say

Even before I say it, Lord.

You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

Too great for me to us to understand!

In describing the ways of God, one of the terms used is “unsearchable” which is also translated “indelineable, marked by being impossible to plot, travel, or trace to the end of, therefore, incomprehensible or impossible to understand.”

All in all, it clearly becomes evident that God’s ways are not our ways; indeed, His ways are far past finding out.

Gwen Smith offers another contemporary song of worship “Unsearchable”:

Life’s grandest paradox

January 3, 2018

Romans 11--33

Instead of the usual Verse of the Day, we begin with “The Word for the Day for January 3, 2018: Paradox:

Often used in literature and in life, the term is defined as “a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.”  Paradoxes are often contrary to what we believe and thus can widen our understanding, as we think more deeply regarding the subject discussed.

Here is paradoxical statement, “Sometimes less is more” or think about this:  “It is only in losing that we really win.” How about “You can save money by spending money.”

The Bible is full of examples of paradox. Consider these words:

You save your life by losing it: “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it” (Luke 17:33).  To be wise, we must become fools. “If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise” (I Corinthians 3:18). To be first, we must be last. “So the last shall be first, and the first last” (Matthew 20:16).

The term paradox brings also brings to mind God, our all-wise, all knowing Father, whose ways are past finding out.  Romans 11:33 sets forth the incomprehensible greatness of God Almighty:

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!

In the Book of Job and in the Psalms we find similar sentiments expressed:

Job 5:9 (NLT):

He does great things too marvelous to understand.

He performs countless miracles.  

Job 11:7-9 (NLT)

“Can you solve the mysteries of God?

Can you discover everything about the Almighty?

Such knowledge is higher than the heavens—

And who are you?

It is deeper than the underworld*—

What do you know?

It is broader than the earth

And wider than the sea.

In describing the ways of God, one of the terms used is “unsearchable” which is also translated “indelineable, marked by being impossible to plot, travel, or trace to the end of, therefore, incomprehensible or impossible to understand.”  All in all, it clearly becomes evident that God’s ways are not our ways; indeed, beyond the most profound examples of paradoxes, His ways are past finding out.

The Word for the Day is the inspiration behind this poetic response.

Life’s Grandest Paradox

One word: the power of a single light, 

like a cloven tongue of fire

to shatter the darkest night.

Lonnell E. Johnson

 

No matter how we try, God will not be put in a box,

For we know it is His glory to conceal a matter.

Behold, He brings death to life: the ultimate paradox.

To water wastelands and to refresh the most barren place.

The full extent of God’s power no mortal can define:

The heavy burden of dark sin He unshackles with grace.

Despite the weaknesses of our frail flesh, He makes us strong,

Causing the barren womb to flourish as a fruitful vine;

He fills our mouths with laughter, releasing our joyful song.

With our blinded eyes wide opened, now we can really see:

We are an enigma you can’t figure, an anomaly.

It is what it is and not what it may appears to be.

We are life’s grandest Paradox with a capital P.

We conclude with a musical expression of who God is and what He does, as Gwen Smith offers contemporary song of worship “Unsearchable”:

Jeremiah 33:2-3: Call and response

August 4, 2016

Jeremiah 33--3

The Verse of Day for August 4, 2016 begins with a declaration of who God is and what He says in Jeremiah 33:2-3 (AMP):

“Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is His name, ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.’

Most remarkably, God can share great and unsearchable things because He is a great and mighty God. This magnificent portrait is repeated in Job 5:9 and 9:10 in the Holman Standard Bible:

He does great and unsearchable things, wonders without number.

Indeed, the Psalmist declares:

Psalm 145:3 (NKJV)

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable

Job 36:26 in the Amplified Bible makes it plain as to who God really is:

Behold, God is great, and we know Him not! The number of His years is unsearchable.

As believers, all we have to do is call to Him, but Isaiah 65:24 reveals that God knows our heart’s desires and responds to our requests, even before we articulate what we need:

I will answer them before they even call to me. While they arJobe e still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!

I recall the lyrics to a gospel song that speaks of a problem that we can’t solve:

“While you’re trying to figure it out/God has already worked it out!”

To summarize the wonders of God’s matchless ways which seem so far above all that our finite minds can comprehend, take a look at Romans 11:33 in the Amplified Bible:

Romans 11:33

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable (inscrutable, unsearchable) are His judgments (His decisions)! And how untraceable (mysterious, undiscoverable) are His ways (His methods, His paths)!

To tap in the depths of these riches, to access to the unsearchable, we simply have to ask, knowing that God will answer.

In reflecting on the Verse of the Day, I thought of the expression “Call and response.” In music, particularly in jazz which incorporates improvisation, we find a technique labeled “call and response,” whereby a musician issues a phrase or line, and another player answers with a phrase or comment in response. The same technique is also seen in other areas of African American culture involving speakers, such as preachers or ministers of the gospel or worship leaders who issue a series of calls, and the audience, the congregation, or group being addressed answers with responses.

In the case of the Verse of the Day, believers are instructed to issue a call to God and in return He responds with an answer whereby He demonstrates or displays His mighty power. Our response to His response is to confirm what God declares with a hearty “Amen!”

Listen to this innovative teaching from Marler Media of Jeremiah 33:3 as God’s Emergency Number:

The Seeds Family offer this Worship Song based on Jeremiah 33:3:

Unsearchable

May 17, 2016

Romans 11--33-36

Revised and re-posted is the following blog entry:

The Verse of the Day for May 17, 2016 is found in Romans 11:33 (AMP) which sets forth the incomprehensible greatness of God Almighty:

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!

Here is the rendering in the New International Version:

[Doxology] Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

The final section of Romans 11 is designated as a doxology or hymn of praise. Derived from two Greek words, doxa, meaning “glory” and legein, meaning “to speak,” Romans 11:33-36 give praise to the indescribable virtues of God:

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? 36 For from Him [all things originate] and through Him [all things live and exist] and to Him are all things [directed]. To Him be glory and honor forever! Amen.

In the Book of Job and in the Psalms we find similar sentiments expressed:

Job 5:9 (NLT):

He does great things too marvelous to understand.

He performs countless miracles.  

Job 11:7-9 (NLT)

“Can you solve the mysteries of God?

Can you discover everything about the Almighty?

Such knowledge is higher than the heavens—

And who are you?

It is deeper than the underworld*—

What do you know?

It is broader than the earth

And wider than the sea.

The Psalmist also notes the incomprehensible nature of the Creator in Psalm 139:1-6 9 (NLT)

O Lord, you have examined my heart

And know everything about me.

You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

You see me when I travel

And when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

You know what I am going to say

Even before I say it, Lord.

You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

Too great for me to understand!

In describing the ways of God, one of the terms used is “unsearchable” which is also translated “indelineable, marked by being impossible to plot, travel, or trace to the end of, therefore, incomprehensible or impossible to understand.” Another synonym would be “inscrutable.” Countee Cullen, renowned poet of the Harlem Renaissance, makes this statement regarding the nature of God in the poem “Yet Do I Marvel”:

 Inscrutable His ways are, and immune
To catechism by a mind too strewn
With petty cares to slightly understand
What awful brain compels His awful hand.

All in all, it clearly becomes evident that God’s ways are not our ways; indeed, His ways are past finding out.

Here is a musical rendering of Romans 11:33-36:

Gwen Smith offers another contemporary song of worship “Unsearchable”:

He has done marvelous things

March 6, 2016

Isaiah-25 1

From Isaiah 25:1 in the Amplified Bible comes the Verse of the Day for March 6, 2016:

[Song of Praise for God’s Favor] O Lord, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will praise and give thanks to Your name; For You have done miraculous things, Plans formed long, long ago, [fulfilled] with perfect faithfulness.

 

Similar words of praise to God flow from the Psalms and other places throughout the Scriptures that speak of the works of God, described as “wonderful, causing wonder or astonishing, miraculous, supernatural, of the highest kind or quality, notably superior.” These “marvelous” attributes belong to God who is so described in the following verses:

Psalm 40:5:

Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare

Psalm 98:1:

A psalm. Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.

From 1 Chronicles 16:11-12 in the Amplified Bible also come these words from a Psalm of Thanksgiving:

Seek the LORD and His strength;
Seek His face continually [longing to be in His presence].

Remember [with gratitude] His marvelous deeds which He has done,
His miracles and the judgments from His mouth,

1 Chronicles 16:24 (AMP) goes on to say:

Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all peoples.

Job 5:9 and Job 9:10 express this same profound truth about the God and His power:

Who does great things, [beyond understanding,] unfathomable, yes, marvelous and wondrous things without number.

Psalm 31:21:

Blessed be the Lord, for He has shown His marvelous favor and lovingkindness to me [when I was assailed] in a besieged city.

Psalm 96:3 (AMP):

Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works and wonderful deeds among all the peoples.

From Psalm 118:23 (AMP) come these familiar words echoed by Jesus Christ in the Gospels:

This is from the Lord and is His doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

We close out our comments with Fred Hammond, who reminds us: “O Give Thanks unto the Lord” with the refrain “He has done marvelous things.”