TOPIC: Between Grace And Race (DCLM Daily Manna 30 June 2021)
TEXT: Romans 11:25-36
25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.
29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
KEY VERSE: “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?” – (Romans 11:33,34)
Some time ago at a Christian conference, a young woman was given an opportunity to share her personal call to the Christian faith and her walk with God. In the process, she held up a blank sheet of paper, saying that it contained God’s plan for her. The only writing on it was her signature at the bottom. Then she said, “I have accepted God’s will without knowing what it is, and I am leaving it to Him to fill in the details”.
In our text, Apostle Paul highlighted the mind of God towards the unbelief in Israel and the plan God had for the Gentiles who were once seen as outcasts. While working with Israel, God had the intention to bring the Gentiles nearer to Him. This was to be fulfilled in the birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Most of them were blinded by the fact that God had an everlasting covenant with Abraham. They felt God could not do without them nor would He want to love any other race apart from the seeds of Abraham. While they were playing the race card, God was handing out the grace card to the Gentiles through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Despite the height of human civilization, people are ever in need of counselling and advisory services. The singles want to know whom to marry whilst the married want to know how best to keep their marriages as heaven on earth. But whilst we look for counsellors, do we care enough to know the mind of God concerning any of these matters?
Knowing the mind and will of God is the ultimate in any of our life’s purposes and pursuits. If we can trust experts, should we not trust God to help us in deciding where to spend eternity as we repent? Knowing His plans and purposes for us is always for our own good. We should confidently hand over our goals and plans in plain papers to Him, asking Him to fill in the blank.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Whatever God does is for our good.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1 Kings 21-22
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.