For Openers. . .

Those of us who are Christians – and many non-Christians for that matter – make the mistake that we have God pegged, all figured out; that we know what He is going to do and when He is going to do it and how He is going to get it done.  What foolishness!  Even the apostle Paul did not presume to know fully the mind and ways of God.  So should we?

This is what Paul concludes after he has just laid out God’s extrordinary plan for His people Israel:

“O the depths of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable (inscrutable, unsearchable) are His judgments (His decisions)!  And how untraceable (mysterious, undiscoverable) are His ways (His methods, His paths)!  For who has known the mind of the Lord and who has understood His thoughts, or who has (Iever) been His counselor?  For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things (For all things originate with Him, and come from Him, all things live through Him and all things center in and tend to consumate and to end in Him).  To Him be glory forever! Amen” (Romans 11:33-36, Amplified).

This puts things in perspective.  While I firmly believe a person can know the will of God for his or her life, I have also learned from experience that we don’t always get it right, we don’t always get full disclosure, it doesn’t always play out the way we think it will.  Ultimately, God knows precisely what He is going to do, when and how – and He’s not necessarily obligated to tell us!  Our job is to trust Him.

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