The Magnificence of God’s Plan; September 14, 2018

Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!

We don’t usually think of Paul as a poet, but he certainly waxed poetic in this doxology. Some things just seem to demand a poetic response, and the omniscience and omnipotence of God certainly fit in that category. We get hung up on trying to deal with just a few things at once, and yet God deals with the entire universe simultaneously. We really can’t wrap our minds around that reality, when it is at the same time inescapable and undeniable. It’s no wonder many people retreat to a mechanistic view of things. Irreducible complexity requires a Creator, so He is pictured as a “divine watchmaker,” creating everything and then throwing it out into space and leaving it alone to run on its own. Frankly, that’s just another attempt to avoid moral responsibility, because the Biblical picture of a Father who is concerned and involved with His children involves too much accountability. It is only when we accept that He is love and He genuinely desires the very best for us that we can let down our guard and know that His will is indeed good, acceptable, and perfect. (Romans 12:2) It is significant that Paul’s description of God’s will that way comes immediately after this doxology!

I have certainly grown over the years in my grasp of this truth, but I know I won’t know it completely until I stand before God’s throne. I got in a discussion of this just a day or so ago on Facebook over the hurricane that is hitting the US right now. Someone was offended that I would even imply that God had sent the hurricane, and I countered with the statement that nothing can happen without God allowing it, but He certainly doesn’t desire everything that happens. We are so fixated on the material world that we can’t see subtraction as a blessing, which it sometimes is. I enjoy the material world right now, and delight to point out its wonders through photography, but I know I won’t miss it in the least when I am liberated from this body. As has been said, God is far more interested in our character than our comfort. That’s why Paul could say so famously, “We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3-4) My character isn’t perfect even now, but I would much rather be the way I am now than the way I was 50 years ago.

Father, thank You for Your patience with me, and for Your absolutely perfect plan. Help me trust You fully, knowing that no amount of human intelligence could grasp the totality of what You are doing. Help me be faithful in fulfilling the part that You have for me to play in Your plan, rejoicing to participate in Your name being acknowledged as holy and Your kingdom coming as Your will is done, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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