“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?’” Romans 11:33-35
My father was fascinated with Blue John, or “Derbyshire Spar,” a magnificent streaked and colorful semi-precious stone mined only in Derbyshire, UK. The first new vein in 150 years was discovered three years ago. Rare, beautiful, its quantity is limited, and a coveted find for a collector. Here in Romans 11, Paul finishes his brilliant section on the mysterious, majestic sovereignty of God by breaking into a doxology at the limitlessness of God. What on earth is finite, in the Creator and Ruler is infinite. Allelujah.
King Solomon, with a preface from chapter 1, in Proverbs 2 commends his son to set his life on a treasure hunt for God’s wisdom: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” And Paul, who certainly had a proper fear of the Lord, knew that plumbing the depths of the Divine was a lifelong pursuit, one that would humble, captivate, satisfy, and inspire to greater mining.
As I daily go to God’s word and observe His world, interacting with Him and others, He is the One Who reveals Himself in different shades of color, sometimes raw and complicated, sometimes polished and simpler to understand. It takes time and effort to listen with my ears, incline my heart, to ask and seek and search. It takes willing determination to receive and absorb and treasure what He gives–and oh, the rapture of the reward when I realize I’ve only scratched the surface of my Sovereign!
Lord, make me an expert and persistent miner of all things You. For from You and through You and to You are all things. To You be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:36)