A brother sharing in fellowship mentioned the word imponderable. Explaining the meaning of the word he went on to say it means the unknown factors which influence human activities. The word ponder means to think deeply about something and if it is imponderable it goes against all human reasoning or sense knowledge.
What has this to do with our walk with the Lord? Well; the grace, mercy and forgiveness of God are imponderable attributes of our heavenly Father. How can the God of creation love a humanity which has offended Him? How can He find a way to forgive through the sacrificial offering of His son Jesus on the cross of Calvary? In trying to understand with our human intelligence and reasoning these things they don’t add up; They are imponderable!
Let us consider for a few moments the story of king David; 2 Samuel chapter 11… David in his lust had taken Bathsheba the wife of his faithful servant Uriah. When he discovered she was with child he sought to cover his sin by getting Uriah to sleep with Bathsheba that the child would appear to be his own. But the faithful Uriah did not buy into the king’s deceptive plan and so David arranged to have him killed in the heat of battle. What a despicable man in the deceit of his heart was David! And yet God, in Acts 13: 22 called him a man after mine own heart!
To human reasoning this is imponderable!
But with revelation from the inspired word of God we read in Psalm 51 how David after the conviction of the Spirit of God, and the uncovering of his sin by Nathan the prophet, repents in brokenness and contrition and pleads with God to create in him a new heart and to renew a right spirit within him. He mentions how God requires truth in the inward parts. ( The heart that God sees.)
In Eph 4: 22 Paul encourages us to put off concerning the former conversations of the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour;
In the above scripture the phrase true holiness is mentioned. If there is true holiness there must be false holiness. 1 Peter 1:16 BE YE HOLY; FOR I AM HOLY. Man’s attempt at being holy is related to works. Having truth in the inward parts and repenting in brokenness and contrition in humility as David did in Psalm 51 is true holiness…
May the Lord give us the grace to appreciate the imponderable ways of our heavenly Father and accept the unconditional love He has toward His children.