Thursday, November 1
25 I don’t want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you will not be conceited: A partial hardening has come upon Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written,
The Deliverer will come from Zion;
he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
27 And this will be my covenant with them
when I take away their sins.
28 Regarding the gospel, they are enemies for your advantage, but regarding election, they are loved because of the patriarchs, 29 since God’s gracious gifts and calling are irrevocable. 30 As you once disobeyed God but now have received mercy through their disobedience, 31 so they too have now disobeyed, resulting in mercy to you, so that they also may now receive mercy. 32 For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may have mercy on all.
A HYMN OF PRAISE
33 Oh, the depth of the riches
both of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments
and untraceable his ways!
34 For who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?
35 And who has ever given to God,
that he should be repaid?
36 For from him and through him
and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever. Amen.
The really beautiful and powerful thing we can recognize from this portion of scripture is that God has a brilliant plan and everything is working together to fulfill that plan. God used the disobedience of Israel for the good of the Gentiles, and He also uses the mercy shown to the Gentiles to show mercy to Israel. God’s plan is to redeem all things. He’s going to one day make all the wrong things right and all the broken things beautiful. The fulfillment of this plan is thankfully not dependent on our ability to understand it, we simply just have to trust the work He’s doing in and around us.
As Paul considers God’s plan of redemption for the ages, he breaks into praise. Paul recognizes that God’s wisdom and God’s knowledge is beyond anything he’s ever going to understand. Today, let’s join in with Paul and declare the power and greatness of God. Let’s thank Him and tell everyone of how all things are made by Him and belong to Him. Let’s give him the glory that belongs only to Him.
God let me see you as the master and director of my life. You have your hand on everything and you have a plan for all things. Help me see that your plan for my life is secured by your grace and allow me to rest in that plan. Allow me to play even a small part in your plan to redeem all things.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.