OF HIM, BY HIM, AND TO HIM

Rom 11:34-36  “For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”

In verse thirty-three of this chapter, Paul has told us that God’s ways are past our finding out. That does not mean that we are not to study and consider God’s word. It is simply an admonishment that we are not going to always understand what He is doing or why He is doing it. This is sometimes hard for us to accept.

It is in our nature to want to know things. We are born with great curiosity. This prompts us to study and to learn. Usually, we find that we are better at learning some things than we are others, nor do we all have the same capacity for learning.

When it comes to the mind of the Lord, we are all in the same situation. Which of us can say we have known the mind of the Lord? He may be pleased to reveal some of His will and purpose to us, but that did not come because we understand His mind. It is something that He gives us through the Holy Ghost.

To say that we have known the mind (the complete workings) of our Lord’s thoughts is to imply that we might be, or at least become His equal. We sometimes see this attitude manifest in those who feel they can tell God what to do. We may find ourselves tempted to advise Him as to how to best handle a situation. We may even be so bold as to demand a particular outcome.

Sometimes, we are tempted to think that the Lord owes us something. We should receive certain blessings because we have performed certain actions. In order to truly please Him, we must first recognize that we have not given God anything that we did not first receive from Him. Even our love for Him is the result of His first loving us.

Blessings are just that. One of the definitions of blessings is that they are gifts or presents given that enhance the happiness of the receiver. Blessings are also defined as God’s favor and protection. While God may certainly bless us in our obedient walk, it is still not something that is owed us.

All things are of Him. We cannot take credit for any facet of creation or the ongoing promises of God. Our receiving of the fruits of His promises is not the result of our climbing up to pick them. They come through Him, and we cannot boast of ourselves in the receiving of His divine blessings.

We may well rejoice in the receiving of God’s purpose for our lives. Our comfort and peace may be greatly enhanced by a measure of understanding of His work and will. While we receive much benefit from the Lord, we need to also realize that is not for our glory. All things that are of Him and through Him are also for Him, that we might praise His holy name!

May we indeed be blessed to give Him glory forever. Amen!

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