The Greatness of God’s Wisdom

Why does God create something as unfathomable as the ocean? Not that we may be impressed by the creation, but in seeing it we may understand what God is saying about Himself. The way we look at everything God has created should be in a way that sparks within us an awe for God. God is expressing Himself. We must look at the ocean, great as it is while we stand at the shore of it understanding that the greatness of God’s wisdom cannot be grasped by the finite peering out across a small part of the surface. It is too great for us just as God’s wisdom is unsearchable

These depths we may admire and adore, but we cannot comprehend: “For who hath known the mind of the Lord herein, or with whom took he counsel?” Concerning the original causes of his counsels in this great mystery we can only say, “the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” This alone is left unto us in the way of duty, that in the effects of them we should contemplate on their excellency, so as to give glory to God, and live in a holy admiration of his wisdom and grace. For to give glory unto him, and admire him, is our present duty, until he shall come eternally “to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe,” 2 Thess. i. 10. We can do no more but stand at the shore of this ocean, and adore its unsearchable depths. What is delivered from them by divine revelation we may receive as pearls of price, to enrich and adorn our souls. For “the secret things belong unto the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong unto us,” that we may do “the words of this law,” Deut. xxix. 29.

John Owen, Volume 1, page 179


4 thoughts on “The Greatness of God’s Wisdom

  1. I was thinking of the amazazing ocean and God’s incredibly complex and unfathomable creation when looking at strange creatures of the the deep photos. The things that lurk in the mirk are simply amazazing. I mean, fish with their own light bulbs. And ghost fish! Wowzer, indeed! Owen knew only a fraction of what the ocean’s wonders are compared to today. The wonder though is evident even from the surface. There is a lesson to be learned. There are mysteries that by Owen could never be seen. Today we see them. It teaches us to search for the word of God is like fine ore, mined. What we think are the unsearchable, may well be only mysteries to be found out. There are depths of riches that can only be uncovered by digging, or I should say, diving deep.

  2. Very good!
    And I might add Thomas, we are able to search as deep as we do because of the discoveries and delvings of those faithful explorers who have gone before us. Praise God for His stewards he still uses even though they have gone home.

  3. As a biochemist, I often am in awe of God’s creation on the molecular level. The contrast to the rest of His creation on the macro level leads me to want to fall down on my face and shout, “Our God is an awesome God!”

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