Scripture: Romans 11:25-36
Observation: Paul talks about the “mystery” of the relationship between the people of Israel and the Gentiles in God’s plan for salvation through Jesus. He talks about God’s deep commitment to His people and how he will never withdraw his gifts and calling from anyone’s life. Paul ends with praising God, reminding us of his complete sovereignty and power.
Application: Today’s passage is so important because it sets up what we’re going to talk about tomorrow -- our gifts and our purpose. This is a theme we’ll touch on a few other times as we finish Romans together.
I love verses 33 to 36. They seem straightforward, encouraging. Sometimes, after spending weeks digging through deep, challenging, convicting verses, isn’t it great to have something to hold on to that we could put on a coffee mug? Seriously. No sane person is putting yesterday’s verse 9 on a coffee mug, right?
At first, these verses do seem straightforward – God is great, full of wisdom and knowledge. He’s our provider – everything comes from him and the whole world is under his power. It’s a great message, and I believe that’s all true, for sure. But sometimes when I read the Bible, I like to look up different translations and see how different versions phrase the same thing. When I got to the Message version, it said this, and I was immediately swept up in these words. All of the sudden the wisdom, the power, the provision verses 33-36 talk about became so sharp, so clear, so real, so overwhelming. Read this:
“Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It's way over our heads. We'll never figure it out. Is there anyone around who can explain God? Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do? Anyone who has done him such a huge favor that God has to ask his advice? Everything comes from him; Everything happens through him; Everything ends up in him. Always glory! Always praise! Yes. Yes. Yes.”
Those words. Wow.
God isn’t just generous – he’s extravagantly generous. Think of the most generous person you know and then multiply that by infinity. It’s almost too much to comprehend.
His wisdom is so deep that it’s way over our heads. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a creative genius, a math whiz, or a business giant – your expertise is nothing compared to the wisdom and knowledge of God. We can spend the rest of our days trying to figure him out but will never succeed.
God is everything. Everything comes from him, happens through him, ends up in him. A few months ago, I read something that said Jesus + nothing = everything. I love that. He is everything.
Here’s what you have to remember today: This is the God who made us. This God of extravagant generosity, deep wisdom, unfathomable power made us. He gave us a purpose. He gave us gifts. He gave us a calling. And all we can do in return is offer everything we have back to him for his glory.
Tomorrow, we’ll get to discover together what gifts we have, but for today, let’s give God glory together.
Prayer: God, you reign over everything. I need nothing separate of you. I praise you for your extravagant generosity, deep wisdom, incredible power. I rest in who you are today and pray I can give you glory and honor. Amen.