Romans 11


Romans 11:33-36 (NLT):

33 Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!

34 For who can know the Lord’s thoughts?
    Who knows enough to give him advice?
35 And who has given him so much
    that he needs to pay it back?

36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.

We’ve been studying the book of Romans for devotions in the office. Today, we read Romans 11. Each day, one of the interns is leading devotions. My turn to lead will be in December. We discussed today that God shows no favoritism; His grace is for all people.

Often times in the Bible the analogy of a tree is used to illustrate God’s kingdom and our relationship to Christ. Hence, the picture of our maple tree above. Trees start from tiny seeds and grow to magnificent and majestic things of beauty for us to enjoy. God’s kingdom is this way. It started with just a few disciples, and will grow to include worshipers from every tongue, tribe, and nation.

I chose the verses above because they describe how great an unfathomable our God is. We need tree metaphors to grasp just a glimpse of His glory. When I have days where I’m physically feeling terrible, I can hope in God and how magnificent He is. I can trust that He is working out details in my life, even if I don’t understand them. I’m learning it’s quite okay that I don’t understand everything; I can still rest in knowing the Lord is in control and working in ways to give Him the most glory. Oh, that my faith and prayers would increased by simply trusting in God’s riches, wisdom, and knowledge and not my own!


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