Sunday, March 26, 2006

Our fathomless God

Today has been a glorious day in the Word! I heard two fantastic sermons and ultimately rounded out my day by partaking in the Lord's Supper with my fellow believers. What a great day!

What really left me thinking today was the passage Romans 11:33-36 that was used in this morning's service. I think what I usually forget as a simple man is that God is working in all things, all the time, for His glory. Too often I think we find ourselves looking inwardly for solutions to everyday problems, or even uncommon problems, when really we have the vastness of the knowledge of God at our disposal (should he be willing to reveal it). What is more amazing is that he is willing to share that wisdom with us (see James 1:5-8) It's a very human characteristic to look at ourselves for help and to "question" God's ability to provide a solution. It is fortunate that He is infinitely patient with our misgivings, and should He desire, willing to give us the solution anyway.

The passage from Romans 11:33-36 reads as follows:

33Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
34"For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?"
35"Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?"
36For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Whew! That's my God. That's your God. And if he's not your God then that's your judge and I dare say there's fear in that.

I think one of the most poignant parts of the Bible are when God reveals that little iota of himself. I think particularly of Job, when the Lord appears to him in the whirlwind. Or of Moses when God appears as a blazing bush (ever stopped to note that God preserves the bush, despite the fact it is aflame with his very essence..that's a God holding all things, even a small bush, together). But even without those "burning bush" moments we as Christians are continually immersed in moments of glory and worship. The fact that you breathe is a glorious thing all on it's own.

As usual, English does not do this passage justice. Although it isn't Greek, I can assure you the Bible sounds way better in German.

"Denn von ihm und durch ihn und zu ihm find alle Dinge. Ihm sei Ehre in Ewigkeit. Amen" (Römer 11:36)

May we simply glory in God to his glory this week.


Blogger JLF said...

Amen, Jay. Thanks for those thoughts. How often we can become self-centred when we think about our salvation... it's sad, really. We think, but if it's about God's glory, then what about ME?

As if we DESERVE something from this... we only have salvation to show for it and all the blessings in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. What a bum deal that is... enojoying him forever. Rats.

2:32 p.m.  
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