“Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God” – Romans 11:33
Scrabble is my favorite game because I love words. Words are perfect tools for the communication of our senses by which we process our surroundings on the outside and our feelings on the inside. Seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and tasting gain us valuable information which is stored in our brain, a three-pound organ which acts, as theorized by bigthink.com, “… not as a linear computer, but rather an elegant universe.”
Preparing to write this, I counted how many times I use a form of “to know” in my daily speech. Awareness, familiarity, understanding people, or details, experiential skills, educational skills are listed and explained by Wiki as being “known.” My speech reflected “knowledge” of many things, as would yours, I imagine.
Let’s look at Hannah in 1 Samuel. Let’s consider her situation (as did El Deah, the God of all Knowledge). The institution of polygamy had caused a special sorrow and sin in her world. Bitter jealousy of and from her rival had broken Hannah’s heart. Her barrenness had revealed the withholding of God’s blessing. After begging and weeping at the temple, God graciously answers her petition. In chapter 2 her grateful prayer reflects her clear understanding of God’s sovereignty and knowledge that He overrules mortals as He sees fit and does what He wishes. Hannah glories in His power revealed conspicuously before her eyes while unbelievers remain in ignorance.
In Psalms 139, David finds comfort being in relationship with a God who knows every detail of his past, present and future. The truth that “You (God) have searched me and known me,” guards us as we remember that God sees us every day.
These thoughts drove the New Testament writer to exclaim in Romans 11:33-34, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments and untraceable His ways!” The chapter recounts God’s words directed to Job, and His words through Isaiah and Jeremiah to His people. “‘For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? And who has ever given to God, that he should be repaid? For FROM Him and THROUGH Him and TO Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.'”
What a blessing came to me during this devotional study. Being reminded that SINCE GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING, I DON’T NEED TO! This has renewed a peace inside my heart that had been wavering. Let me explain. My Father with Alzheimer’s walked out of a door in Northwest Indiana on November 9, 2019, and has not yet been found. I believe that El Deah, the God of all Knowledge, knows exactly where he is. I believe that God will bring someone to find him, if He chooses, in His own time.
Nahum 1:7 says, “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble and He knows them that trust in Him.” Trust in His goodness and rest on His promises. Amen and Amen.