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And His Ways Past Finding Out
God said in Isaiah 55:8-9:
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.
Solomon gave a grave warning in Proverbs 14:12, then repeated it in Proverbs 16:25: "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." So are God's ways "past finding out" that one dare not attempt to establish his own way to live his life!
Hosea writes in Hosea 14:9:
Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.
In Ezekekial 18:29, God responds to a charge made by Israel concerning His "way," "Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?" God's ways are always equal (balanced). They are always fair and right. We do not always understand His ways, but His ways are always right!
Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown see a connection between the "judgments" and "ways" of God as used by Paul: "...judgments," which probably means His decrees or plans (Psa 119:75), and of "His ways," or the method by which He carries these into effect." This is not an unlikely interpretation.
Who Hath Known the Mind of the Lord? Or Who Hath Been His Counsellor? - Romans 11:34
Again, the mind of the Lord can only be known to those to whom He chooses to reveal it. He revealed it to numerous Biblical characters and the forty writers of the Bible (See 1 Cor. 2:12-13).
Paul asks, "Who hath been His counsellor?" Isaiah asked in Isaiah 40:13, "Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught him?" It is a rhetorical question, but Isaiah answers (Isa 40:15):
Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
Isaiah states what should be obvious. All things are tiny in comparison to God. How can anyone presume to teach Him anything? After all, He created everything, including the mind of man (Gen. 1:1-2:23). Man and his mind are simply too small to second-guess the Indescribable God, "For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever" (Rom. 11:36).
I conclude this discussion of the Indescribable God with some quotes from God in the forty-first and forty-second chapters of the Book of Job:
Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge...Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding...Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place...Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth...Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder...Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion...Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions, When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait...Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve...Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high? She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place...Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it...Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous? Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him...Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place...
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