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Oh, the Depth

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” Rom. 11:33-36

Tucked at the end of Romans 11 is a jewel of wisdom (and worship) about God. In this chapter, the apostle Paul has just taught about the mystery of Israel’s salvation. This is difficult teaching and there’s a mix of interpretations on that passage. After this heavy topic – it doesn’t get much more serious (or glorious) than salvation – Paul breaks out in pure worship in Rom. 11:33-36.

Paul seems to be suddenly overwhelmed by the riches, wisdom and knowledge of God. Oh, the depth! Paul says God’s judgments can’t be searched out, that His ways are inscrutable (mysterious, unknowable, unfathomable).

Then Paul asks a series of rhetorical questions – Who knows the mind of God? Who counsels God? Who gives to God so that God needs to repay him? The obvious answer is no one. Paul ends this doxology of worship simply: It’s all His (God’s) – from, through, to. To God be the glory forever.

How far does our worship of our great God go? Would it go further if we had a fuller understanding of the riches, wisdom and knowledge of God? Oh, the depth. 

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Dressed for Action

“Stay dressed for action…” – Luke 12:35
           
How easy it is for us to get spiritually tripped up by this world and its enticements, our own sin and pleasures, or burdens and cares, even our attitudes! But the picture Jesus gives of staying “dressed and ready for action” is one of tucking up the long robes so that the feet are not hindered by them.
 
Jesus warns his disciples in Luke 12 to be ready for His return. He admonishes them to be like men waiting for their master to come home from a wedding feast, so that they can immediately open the door to Him. Jesus instructs them to build up treasures in heaven, sell their possessions, give to the poor, and provide moneybags for themselves that do not grow old. Not that He is demanding that His disciples live a life of poverty, but rather that their hearts are set on Him; that He be their treasure, and that they keep themselves from being “tripped up” by worldly distractions. He instructs that they give to those in need around them, which means they must trust Him for provision.
 
Where do we need to “tuck up our spiritual robes” so that we can pursue Christ without hindrance? Maybe in the areas of selfishness or pursuit of false pleasures or a lack of trust in His promises? Let’s ask God to show us! He will, so that He is glorified and we are obediently ready and anticipating His return!

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