I have to admit that I flew through chapter 11 because chapter 12 is one of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible. All of this discussion about the Jews and the Gentiles and God's plan. Verse 33 says this:
Oh, how great are God's riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!
What a great reminder. There are times that I do not completely understand the circumstances and direction I sense God leading - but it is vitally important that I remember HE IS GOD AND I AM NOT. God's ways are so much higher than ours and His plan so much more perfect than ours. Do you remember the story of Job - after some pretty rotten things in his life, he finds himself questioning God. If you get the chance, go back and read Job 42, verses 1-6. God's ways are perfect, and as we were reminded last week, He is always working for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.

Tomorrow begins with this one word: THEREFOR. What Paul is about to say, what he is about to challenge us toward is completely built on the foundation of chapters 1-11. What we read the last two weeks and today builds our UNDERSTANDING so that we can now APPLY it to our lives. We've been packing our minds with WISDOM, and we will now be challenged to LIVE accordingly.

Are you enjoying Romans? Why or why not?

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