May 20, 2008 - Tuesday in the Week of Holy Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Song of Solomon 4:1-5:1; St. John 5:30-47

Today's Reading: Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways!” (Romans 11:33)

In the name of Jesus. Amen. When you really think about it, this verse is frightening. There is so much we don’t know about God. His judgments are unsearchable. His ways are inscrutable. We mere creatures can’t even begin to understand Him. Why did a hurricane wipe out a whole city? Why did an earthquake take so many lives? Why did my father have to die? These kinds of questions lead us to more questions. God’s ways are hidden, incomprehensible, undiscoverable, inexplicable. Get the point?

What is so frightening about all of this? God is all powerful. He’s capable of anything. He’s capable of squashing you and me like little bugs. He is so great. We are so small. He spans eternity. We span less than a century. He creates out of nothing. We need stuff to make other stuff.

There is so much about God that we don’t know. We can dig and dig and dig and all we’ll find is more questions. Asking the questions isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, we should be careful that we’re not led into the trap of the Law: “God does this because of this.” Or “God must be like this because of this.” Reason is good, but only to serve God’s revelation of Himself.

Some look at Romans 11 and make assumptions that God will still save the Jews who rejected the Messiah. Sure, He will … if they repent! Whoever believes on the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved. In Christ, God has shown mercy to the Gentiles and to the whole world. God made promises of salvation, first for the Jew, then for the Gentile (Romans 1:16). You and I have been grafted in through faith. Jesus is the vine. We are the branches.

What we don’t know about God isn’t what is most important. Rather, it’s what we do know about Him. He is merciful. Yes, God’s judgments are unsearchable, but His mercy endures forever. God loves us in His Son Jesus. By the power of the Gospel, Israel of old can be grafted in again. Even the worst of sinners can be grafted into the Vine! To God be the glory, forever! In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Immortal, invisible, God only wise, In light inaccessible hid from our eyes, Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.” (LSB 802:1)