Who Has Known?

Paul himself wrestled with finding God’s will. He said, “[I am] asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you” (Romans 1:10). I don’t know what God’s secret will is for me in this situation, but I am praying that he will send me to you.And then he says, “[Pray for me] so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company” (Romans 15:32). I want the joy and refreshment, but I do not know what God’s will is yet.

What are you hoping God’s will is for you? What do you plan or want to do, if he wills?

What are you hoping God’s will is for you? What do you plan or want to do, if he wills?

Knowing what that kind of wondering feels like, Paul says:

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:33–36)

In Romans 9–11, Paul has climbed the steepest cliffs of God’s sovereign and mysterious will, specifically in election. And as he looks up, and sees another ridge extending into the clouds, he says — no, he sings out — over all he sees (and does not yet see), Unsearchable! Inscrutable! Supreme! “To him be glory forever!”

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