One of parts of the Bible that has always been the hardest to understand, hardest to wrap our minds around is that section of Romans from chapter 9 through 11. In here Paul writes about things like election and predestination, for knowledge and hits upon free will. It’s an area that has produced a lot of conversation, discussion, and yes, even arguments through Church History.
I will not attempt to explain this section this morning, don’t worry :)
But as Paul writes through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in this text, he says something today that sums it at all up nicely:
33 O 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,
to receive a gift in return?”
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.
Paul says there are many things about God we don’t understand. There are things about the mind of God that our finite human minds simply can’t grasp. But, the one thing that we do know is this – God’s mercy.
What can we do to earn God’s mercy? Nothing.
How can we seek to know the ultimate plan that He has? Nothing.
Is there anything we do to “make” God do anything? No, He is an amazing, powerful, wise, loving, merciful God. He is above us, beyond us, strong and might.
He created everything. Us included.
And, the mighty God chooses to love us. Chooses to show us mercy. Paul writes so much about the unknowable mind of God – but always reminds us of His mercy. Of His love. Of His grace.
So, instead of worrying about not being understand those mysteries, rely upon this – He loves you. He shows you mercy. Rely upon that.
And let that knowledge call you to love God with all that you are. And love your neighbor as yourself.
For that’s the response He really wants from us. The depths of His mercy know no limits. May we see to love in the same way.