13 May Everything is Under the Rule of God
Romans 11:25-36 – Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”; “and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy. For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all. 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?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
Having now spoken in chapters 9-11 about election, Israel, Gentiles, the remnant, and ingrafting, Paul suddenly transitions from discussing human salvation to adoring God in heartfelt wonder (11:33-35). It is as if Paul has exhausted his understanding of this so called “mystery” and recognizes that at the point where understanding ceases, poetry and worship naturally begin.
Paul begins by adoring God’s knowledge (understanding of all things) and wisdom (practical insight on how to respond to specific circumstances). He then moves to God’s judgments, paths, mind, counsel, and selfless giving. Paul then concludes by declaring that ultimately, all things come from God, exist through God, and return to God.
The big idea is simple – everything from world history to your life is under the rule of God, who has it all figured out. We can trust Him to do what is best, even when we cannot understand what He is doing. While we wait to see His plan unfold, the best thing today is to worship Him, enjoy Him, and trust Him.
How can you worship, enjoy, and trust God in your everyday life while you wait to see how He works things out?
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