Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Growing in Grace and Wisdom Romans 11.25-36 Romans 11.32 “For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.”
Today’s meditation is taken from the ending of Romans 11. The 32nd verse says that our Father has delivered all to disobedience. Our Savior taught us to pray “Deliver us from evil.” GOD’s Comforter (Spirit) is always working in this manner. He is always delivering us from the fallen kingdom to His Risen Kingdom. Is it because we deserve it? Never.
Thanks be to our Good Father who has great mercy on all! Who can fathom this depth of mercy? Only the Spirit of God. That’s why the title of this portion in most bibles is “The Mystery of Israel’s Salvation.” No man is allowed to know the deep mysteries of God and His plan of salvation. In verse 33, Paul yells “OH, the depths of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” Today, we can search Google, Amazon and Netflix for almost anything to learn, buy or watch. Yet the Apostle says that God’s judgments and ways are unsearchable! No travel to the moon, to Mars, to distant galaxies will reveal God’s ways. God’s ways are written on the hearts of those who trust Him. Knowledge comes from the world, wisdom can only come from experiencing the Truth, the Way and The Life.
We were once created in God’s image (Imago Dei). Sin has tarnished that image. GOD sent his perfect image, JESUS the CHRIST, His Son, to redeem us into that perfect image. This was the culmination of the mysterious plan God had started with Abraham through Moses to His Church, the Body of the Perfect Image of God. This plan starts with God and ends with God as it says in the final verse: For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
Dear Father, who calls us child, you are Mighty. You loved us with the Mighty Love in JESUS’ sacrifice. Help us to grow continually by searching the Scriptures for you and you alone. May we grant you access to search our hearts so that we can have a meaningful relationship.
Thought of the day
The Apostle Paul says “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow” – 1 Cor. 3:6-9. Do you see growth, no matter how small, in your life and others? Give God the Glory, for He alone makes us grow. He who started this good work in you, WILL COMPLETE IT. JESUS on the cross is the culmination of GOD’s wisdom, grace and above all, LOVE.
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