33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
34 "Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?"
35 "Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?"
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
(Romans 11; TNIV)
There are times in our lives when we wonder what's up with our God. When things not only are not coming together, but seem to have fallen apart. Times when we're hardly thriving, but more like surviving (trying to).
This Romans passage is in view of the big picture of what God, in grace is doing in this world, through Christ. Good news. It is astonishing in its scope and wisdom for Paul. Beyond understanding. Yet believing that God is doing well, and knows what he is doing, even though Paul -and us, cannot really track with it.
In our lives we need that same kind of faith. God is at work in our lives also. In Jesus, we are his precious sons and daughters. In all things he works for our good and for his glory, to make us more like his Son, Jesus (Romans 8). But we need to hang on to this in faith, especially when we can make little or no sense out of our circumstances and lives.
God. You are great, and you are good. We trust that you know what you are doing in our lives. We know we can't track with you. But let us have the assurance that you know. And that, that is enough. Let us trust and rest in you. Together. In Jesus. By the Spirit. Amen.