Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Romans 11:25-36

I do not know about you, but I find this part of Paul's letter to the Romans difficult to fully comprehend. Today's reading is no different for me. Perhaps it is my pea-sized brain. Anyway let me discuss some points from today's reading.

In today's reading Paul was apparently overcome by the reality and depth of the mercy of God. Perhaps this was because it was apparent to Paul that he himself was a recipient of God's mercy. As we know, Paul had previously been one of the hardened in Israel, one of the defiant, who actually persecuted Christians. Then for reasons only known to God, Paul was chosen to receive mercy and grace. As having come full circle in his walk with Christ, first being part of the elected nation of Israel that was set aside for disobedience, and then second receiving mercy, Paul is well qualified to praise the wisdom, counsel, and glory of God. We could all learn from this lesson as I dare say we have all been "hardened" against God from time to time in our lives. But God will always take us back. He will always show mercy to us. Unlike some humans where our actions or attitudes can drive them away from us forever, God will always become our friend again. All we have to do is ask Him.
The last part of today's reading brings this to my mind. Humans are not fully aware of God's ways or plan. However, we should praise God all the time. In other words, we should praise God for what we understand about His plan and will and we should praise God for what we do not have the capacity to understand. I feel it is great and awesome to worship a God who I do not fully understand. After all, what motivation would there be in worshipping a God whose purpose and will was totally known and comprehended by our human intellect? I do not want God to be limited to what I can understand. I am looking forward to a peace beyond my understanding - how about you?

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