Pondering Romans 11:33-36
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 for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
Great theology leads to God exalting worship!
It is not uncommon for Paul in his epistles to get “sidetracked” and throw out something like these verses. As he thinks about God and writes about God and teaches about God it is as if he is compelled to worship God. The Book of Romans is the most theological of all the epistles that he wrote. Paul is thinking deeply about the ways of God and in doing so his soul is moved to exalt God.
2 takeaways from this passage for me this week:
1) Take time to think deeply about God – We do not do this very much as the people of God. It takes time. It takes intentionality. It means using our brain. But until we make this a regular practice we will most likely maintain our feeble faith and our walk with God will be fragile at best.
2) Take time to worship throughout the week – Our worship should not be limited to a service on Sunday. As we spend time in God’s Word and in His presence through prayer we should take the time to exalt the One who is above all gods and who has graciously brought us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Thinking about God should lead us into worship of God.
May we be “sidetracked” this week just as Paul was.
Next Week’s Passage: Romans 12:1-2
Memory Verses: Romans 8:1-27