Intro: We serve the God of the impossible who is the Creator and Ruler of all things in heaven and on earth. Everything in God’s plan for salvation will one day be fulfilled in the world. From the beginning of time, God has never stopped working to redeem this fallen creation and offer salvation to those willing to respond to Him in faith. This means the Lord continues to bring saving faith to both Jews and Gentiles—we must remember we are all in our redeeming God’s mission together. In fact, the prophet Isaiah shares about the future glory for Jerusalem when the Lord God becomes our everlasting light and glory (Isaiah 60). That being said, the sooner Jews and Gentiles come to the Lord—connect to Christ—the better off we will all be.
Believers know our God is sovereign and transcendent—he is both knowable and unknowable, yet He continues to reveal Himself in new and glorious ways to His children. We cannot process God by an act of our own will or as a sense of reasoning; we must seek him through a relationship with Jesus because this is how God desires to be known. The only way to grow in our knowledge of God is by absolute trust and dependence upon the work of the Savior on the cross (John 3:16). Through Christ, God draws near to humanity; he comes into the hearts and minds of believers through the Holy Spirit in order to reveal Truth—God exists and He is a Rewarder of those who seek him (Heb 11:6). Remember, every way God brings revelation should be consistent with the Testimony of His Word. What a miracle!
In our passage today, the Apostle Paul shares a doxology—prayer of praise—unto the Lord. Although we cannot always comprehend the ways of God, we can rest assure he will always interact in the lives of his children and govern heaven and earth with mercy, justice, and love. We exist to bring God glory, so may we do so, today!
Romans 11:33-36 (NLT)
33 Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!
For who can know the Lord’s thoughts?
Who knows enough to give him advice?
And who has given him so much
that he needs to pay it back?
36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.
Prayer: Lord, you are the Source of all things, so we place ourselves in your loving hands to be used for your glory, today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.