Scripture: Proverbs 13-15, Romans 11

Romans 11:33-36 How great are God’s riches! How deep are his wisdom and knowledge! Who can explain his decisions? Who can understand his ways? As the scripture says: “Who knows the mind of the Lord? Who is able to give him advice? Who has ever given him anything, so that he had to pay it back?” For all things were created by him, and all things exist through him and for him. To God be the glory for ever! Amen.

Observation/application

In Romans 11, Paul’s thinking soars.  He discusses God’s cosmic plans to use the Jews to win the Gentiles, and then win the Jews back to Himself.  His thoughts culminate in this expansive praise.

In the words of Isaiah, God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts and his ways are higher than our ways.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  (Isaiah 55:9)

There is so much that I don’t understand—I have lots of questions.  And that is as it should be.  We are rational creatures, created in God’s image.  We should be asking questions, searching for truth.  Proverbs 25:2 “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.”  It is good to ask questions, to think, to “search out a matter.”

But it is also good to realize our limitations: we are not God.  Our limitations should make us realize how great God is and give Him praise.  A lack of understanding isn’t a reason to resist God but to trust Him.

There is much I don’t understand, but I will keep searching—and I will continue to trust and worship God who does understand and is working in all things to accomplish His purpose.

Prayer: Lord, help me to trust You when I don’t understand what’s going on—You do.