Our God is greater than any other force or being. And, He is greater than all that pertains to us.
— His greatness no one can fathom! (Ps. 145:3)
Our God is wiser than the wisest of men or spiritual beings.
— His understanding no one can fathom. (Isa. 40:28)
If we could grasp the greatness of our God and figure out all of His ways, He would fail to be God at all for He would be no greater or wiser than our understanding. But, with unfathomable greatness and wisdom, we have an infinite God who “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Eph. 3:20).
Essential for Both God’s Greatness & Understanding to be Unfathomable
We find verses in Scripture where God’s greatness and might accompany His wisdom and understanding.
Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. (Dan. 2:20)
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. (Ps. 147:5)
This essential combination brings reassurance for we can know that we have a God who will exercise His might with wisdom.
Creation of the Heavens and Earth: Think about the chaos had God merely brought things into existence without exercising wisdom so all the variety fit together in a coordinated and good functioning design.
But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding. (Jer. 10:12)
He made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding. (Jer. 51:15)
Conclusion of the Heavens and Earth: Think about the judgment God would bring if only exercised by His mighty wrath and not accompanied by wisdom. All would undoubtedly be annihilated in the blink of an eye. His wisdom, however, bridles His great power so as to allow for the salvation of all who would come to Him.
… the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. … The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Pet. 3:7-9)
A God with unfathomable greatness and wisdom can be trusted to not only take care of us now and through eternity but also to do it well, in ways that are for the good. — And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Rom. 8:28)