Since mid-September, I’ve been going through a study of the book of Romans with a group of gals on Wednesday mornings. If you have ever studied Romans before, you are aware that it is one deep and in-depth study!!
In the last couple of weeks, we have concluded Chapter 8 and have begun Chapter 9. So far, I have found that these chapters bring about more confusion, and possible misunderstanding, than possibly the whole book of Romans combined. And maybe even the whole bible! I may be wrong, we’re just beginning Chapter 9 after all, but I just may be right. 🙂
So what’s bringing on the confusion and possible misunderstanding? I believe it comes down to three words: chosen, the elect, predestined. These are three very strong, and many times, confusing words.
These words can cause one to question God’s fairness, his love for all mankind, even his goodness. What also comes into question is how does free-will play in all of this?
I realize that there are many who have attempted–drawing their own theories and conclusions–believing that they hold the answers to all this confusion. These people have written articles and books providing so-called answers to such things. But, does man really have the capacity to completely and utterly understand the ways of God? I don’t think so.
This is why I’ve titled this post: God is… I am not! God’s attributes far exceed man’s. He is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), omnipresent (ever present), immutable (unchangeable), sovereign (ruler over all), holy, righteous, love, merciful, trinity! Whew! Just to name a few. But, there are many, many more! Therefore, how can we as humans, and even believers, possibly wrap our brains completely around God’s ways and how all these things work together? The answer is that we can’t!
Therefore, we must listen to and trust in what God has revealed about himself and not question his ways or assume that we completely understand them. He is God after all!!
The reality is that no one, and I mean no one, is deserving of God’s grace, yet he has paved the way for many to be saved. He did this because he first loved us! Not the other way around. So, is it fair that some will not be saved? Absolutely! Because no one, absolutely no one deserves to be saved, yet we are. How free-will works in all of this, I don’t think anyone will ever completely understand, but one thing I do know for sure: God is … I am not!
Thank you God that I do not, nor anyone else, need to know all the answers! Thank you that I can rest in your truth in who you are and what you’ve done for me. I can completely trust in you and your word. Amen. ❤
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8
Your way, O God, is holy; What god is great like our God? Psalm 77:13
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
We love Him because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19
No one is good—except God alone. Mark 10:18