Inscrutable God

Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

I am comforted by Romans 11:33. I’m not necessarily comforted by the idea that God is inscrutable. But I am comforted that He lets us know this about Himself in Scripture. Otherwise, what would I do in those moments where I can’t understand Him at all?

Inscrutable: not readily investigated, interpreted, or understood.   (

It would be simpler to me if God were more easily understood. I wish His ways made clearer sense to me. But in the midst of confusion when a new thing pops up in life that doesn’t fit what I thought I understood of His plan and purposes for my life (or His own personal character), I am deeply comforted by this acknowledgement and instruction in Scripture concerning Himself. He says, “I am not always easily understood. You won’t always find answers when you search. The depth of my wisdom well exceeds yours. You will not always be able to understand.”

Thank You, sweet Lord, for letting me know this in Scripture. Then, when turns in the road of life defy my ability to explain or comprehend, I can rest that such turns are not inconsistent with Your character. You are not always understood. You are not always correctly interpreted. Our attempts to investigate and explain Your workings are not always correct or helpful. Nevertheless, You are God, and I am not. And that is enough.

Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God.

3 Responses to Inscrutable God

  1. Flyaway December 3, 2012 at 4:45 am #

    Yes, we just need to trust in God with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding. He loves us and wants the best for us. Sometimes I sing one of Fanny Crosby's hymn, ” Safe in the arms of Jesus.” We are the apple of His eye.

  2. Anonymous December 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    Amen. Ascribe greatness to our God! there is none like You, and there is no God besides You. Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; Deut 32:3-4; 1 Sam 7:22 ;Rev 15:3-4

    My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares 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. Isa 55:8-9

    For God is greater than man. Behold, God is exalted, and we do not know Him; the number of His years is unsearchable. Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You? Therefore I will not declare that which I do not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I do not know. Job

  3. Sandra December 4, 2012 at 12:04 am #

    Echoing your prayer! “You are God and I am not.”