Read: Romans 11:33-36
I’m sure you’ve asked yourself, at one time or another, “If God is good, why do bad things happen?” That question is central to the Old Testament story of Job. He was a good, faith-filled man who lived according to God’s Law. But when his life fell apart and he suffered unbelievable tragedy, Job wondering how a good God could allow bad things to happen.
God responded by questioning Job’s understanding: Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Have you commanded the morning since your days began? Where is the way to the dwelling of light? Who prepares for the raven its nourishment when its young cry to God for help? Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Surely you know! (Job 38).
Rather than talking back, Job responded with humble repentance. He recognized his human limitations and lack of understanding of an infinitely wise Creator. In a similar way, in Romans 11:33-36, Paul speaks of God’s supreme intelligence, closing the chapter with praise and worship for the Creator. Paul’s amazed by God’s mysterious plan which made salvation available to both Jews and Gentiles alike, without distinction (Romans 10:12).
The Roman church was composed of Jewish and Gentile believers, and in chapters 9 to 11, Paul explained how God’s redemptive plan included the rebellion of Israel so Gentiles could be grafted in during a period of mercy (Romans 11:30-31). But the story doesn’t end there! Once Gentile salvation has been fulfilled, God will again embrace His chosen people, so both Jews and Gentiles can enjoy eternal communion with their heavenly Father!
Paul is amazed by the wisdom, knowledge, and judgments of God – how He brought about salvation in such an intricate way. This complex nature of this plan prompted Paul to ask, 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? (Romans 11:34-35)
Both Paul and Job concluded that God loves His creation even if we find it difficult to comprehend His love. Maybe you wrestle with these same issues. The world looks far from safe. But we can be certain that God is there. We are not alone.
This week, be there for someone. Do you know someone dealing with tough circumstances? Maybe you can come alongside them and offer the comfort of fellowship. Act on the Spirit’s prompting and show them the love of Christ.