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MYSTERIES of the DEEP

January 7, 2009

Romans 11:33 “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out.”

Most of us, due to the limits of our own comprehension, suffer from a condition that may or may not have an official name. Therefore, I’ll call it “Abbreviated Perception Syndrome.” We know of certain things and may have a rudimentary understanding of how they’re assembled, but fail to grasp the scale upon which they reside. For example, light travels at 186,000 miles per second. It takes the light from the sun 7 minutes to reach earth. The nearest star to the sun, Alpha Centauri, is 4.3 light years away. Most cannot grasp the sheer amount of empty space that these figures entail. And yet this is nothing when compared to the more than 100 billion stars that make up our galaxy or the hundreds of billions of galaxies beyond our own, that have been discovered. Such volume of space and distance is beyond our wildest imagination, and yet the features within these boundaries are readily observable to anyone who’se interested.

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Despite the abundance of documentation concerning the cosmos, our mind is simply unable to comprehend the vastness of it. We can read the statistics, but to envision what they actually mean is all but impossible. When we take into account the following passages of scripture, these unfathomable distances become even more profound as we begin to realize just how unsearchable God is:

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

Psalm 148:4-5 “Praise him, ye heavens of heavens and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded and they were created.

“Ye waters that be above the heavens.” This is an interesting pondering; especially in the context of Genesis 1:2 and Genesis 1:7. This cannot be referring to clouds. Is there a vast body of water beyond the observable heavens? I don’t know, but these verses have a special profoundness.

Isaiah 42:5 “Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and searched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:”

John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word,and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (WOO HOO!)

Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they were created.”

I think that, if we’re not careful, we can become so wrapped up in the goings on in this world, so complacent in our our religious routines and traditions that we fail to step back and ponder the unfathomable awesomeness of God. A faithful Creator who knows exactly how many galaxies inhabit the cosmos, how many stars make up each galaxy and how many planets circle each star. He knows the answer as to whether or not there’s a massive embodiment of water beyond the heavens, and has assigned a number to every hair on every head of every person who is living or has lived upon the earth. He sees the end from the beginning and knows them who trust in him. Two thousand years ago, he stepped out of eternity, became flesh, and dwelt among us. Jesus Christ; our Savior and Lord who paid for our sins with his own blood.

John 17:5  “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”

Likewise, the Lord is from everlasting and to everlasting. We have absolutely no way to envision this, and yet we know that it’s a very important truth. The fact that his ways are past finding out is both comforting and challenging. Comforting because it brings the realization that there’s absolutely no situation in our lives that he cannot handle. Challenging because regardless of how much revelation we are granted concerning the deep things of God, there will always be more revelations ahead. God is simply inexhaustable. I used to play a lot of video games and once an entire game was mastered, it no longer had much appeal. This will never be a problem with the Lord who fills heaven and earth. Oftentimes in prayer for another, I often ask the Lord to reveal himself to that person on a deeper level. Something so incredible that their life will be forever influenced by it. 

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

No matter how much we grow in Christ, this verse will always apply. As we draw closer to the Lord, walk in the Spirit, and dwell in his word, deeper revelations are certain to follow. When we receive such revelation, we will be altered; becoming less like us and more like Jesus. The little sins and faults that may have caused stumbling in times past will cease to be hinderances. Our thoughts, our affections, and our conversation will be in heaven and increasingly, our only desire in this world will be to the Lord. There is a supernatural sweetness that defies earthly explanation as we draw closer to Jesus and allow him to be Lord in every area in our lives. Likewise, when we encounter saints who have forsaken all to follow Jesus, we’ll find fellowship on a level that few experience.

Psalm 107:8,15,21,31 “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men.”

 This post is far from what I had hoped it would be. This is partly because our vocabulary simply doesn’t contain words grand enough to relay the awesomeness of God and partly because I’m not very good at articulating such concepts. I mean, I use the word “awesome a lot, however, the word “awesome” isn’t nearly awesome enough to describe how awesome God is. (Ouch; that’s what happens when writing after midnight) Nonetheless, my prayer is that we would all be granted a deeper understanding of these attributes and learn to “be still and know that he is God.” To always remember that Jesus has promised to be with us always; even unto the end of the world. I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.

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13 comments

  1. I really do enjoy your ‘ramblings’ Timbob.
    The picture you used I believe is the Hubble deep field view. Right? I think someone said that the view is of a part if the night sky that is the width of a dime 75 feet away from the viewer. Each little pin point of light is a galaxy containing millions of stars.
    The Lord Jesus created that with a word. And, according to Heb. 1:3, He holds it all together by the word of His power too. Wow!


  2. Hi Jerald. You are right about the image. The firsr time that I saw it, the mind was blown away. They aimed the Hubble telescope at the emptiest part of the sky and kept it in that position for a time.

    How unsearchable are the ways of the Lord. Sometimes it’s encouraging to just sit and think about this; how awesome our God is and that Jesus Christ is God manifest in flesh. As he told Phillip “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” When we get our thoughts on heavenly things, the dramas of this life simply lose their ability to rule in our lives.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a blessed day in Jesus.


  3. I’m told the closer you get to God, the beautiful His creations. I don’t know, but I do know God is Awesome! Thanks for the midnight thoughts.

    Also, thanks for droping by 37stories http:\\37stories.wordpress.com . Yes, I think we are able to experience what the end times are all about. Jesus is coming again!


  4. Nice. Very nice. Humanity is notorious for underestimating the greatness of God. We miss it on the grand scale. We miss it on the micro scale, and we overlook it in our everyday lives.


  5. Great post, Timbob. I’m glad to be able to have a relationship with a God I can understand somewhat through His Word but who at the same time is mind boggling. As I was reading this post, a portion of Scripture came to me about God’s ways being past finding out. I looked up the verses in e-sword and would like to love them here for pondering. Blessings to you and your family this day!

    Rom 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
    Rom 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
    Rom 11:35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
    Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.


  6. Great post, Timbob. I’m glad to be able to have a relationship with a God I can understand somewhat through His Word but who at the same time is mind boggling. As I was reading this post, a portion of Scripture came to me about God’s ways being past finding out. I looked up the verses in e-sword and would like to leave them here for pondering. Blessings to you and your family this day!

    Rom 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
    Rom 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
    Rom 11:35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
    Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.


  7. Oops! Sorry for posting my comment twice. It looked like it didn’t go through the first time, but I guess I was mistaken. LOL


  8. Hi Archie. Thanks for stopping by. I think I understand why the bible warns against worshuipping the heavens as people in their fallen state would be lured into such simply due to the seeming vastness of it. Yet we know that the heavens simply proclaim loudly that God is and that he is an incredible Creator.

    Have a blesed day in Jesus.


  9. Hi M Patterson. Indeed, as Paul told the citizens of Athens “Thgough he be not far from every one of us.” We sometimes get so wrapped up in the “here” that we neglect to just be still and know that God is. (I love Psalm 46:10) Thanks for stopping by.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.


  10. Hi Carol. It’s such an amazing thing and as the song goes, “Jesus gets sweeter as the days go by.” The more we understand, the more awesome he becomes while at the same time we realize just how unsearchable he is. What an incredible, I mean beyond incredible Savior and High Priest we have in Jesus.

    Oftentimes whjen writing, about these things, we realize the shortfalls of our own vocabulary. There are simply no words adequate enought to describe the awesomeness of the Lord. Thanks so much for taking time to write. You’re one of the few bloggers that I’ve been in contact with almost from the time that I began participating in this forum.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.


  11. Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

    Your blog speaks strongly to the question, “What was the Word before there was a Bible?”

    God bless.


  12. Beautiful…


  13. Hi Archie. Hebrews 13:8 is so true.

    Hi Bro Johnny. Great to hear from you.

    Blessings in Jesus always.



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