Weekly Devotion: Heart Full, Mind Blown
Heart Full, Mind Blown
Pray: Ask God to reveal the glory of His grace to you in a fresh way. Ask Him for insight into His word and His ways.
Text: Romans 11:33 - 36 (ESV)
"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."
When was the last time you were awestruck or flabbergasted? Maybe it was in a class at church or school where a new idea or concept simply blew you away. Or maybe it was one of those traumatic parenting moments when the creativity and destructiveness of a three-year-old left you speechless (your thoughts were enough to condemn you, though).
For me, it was this past October when my family and I visited the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is amazing. I’ve heard it said, “Eh, it’s just a big hole in the ground.” Yeah, it is hole. It’s a really, really, massive, beautiful, indescribable, awe-inspiring, majestic hole in the ground! Words and photographs can’t do it justice. I spent hours staring at it from numerous angles, but I couldn’t take it all in. I can visualize the colors, the depth, and the complex features, but I just can’t quite reconstruct in my mind’s eye the actual beauty and grandeur of it all. I just don’t have the mental and emotional capacity.
This is similar to where Paul finds himself in this passage. He has been plumbing the depths of God’s grace toward sinners for many chapters. He’s covered the power of the gospel to save, the universal and pervasive spread of sin to all mankind, the perfect marriage of mercy and justice at the cross, showing God to be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus Christ. He’s pulled the thread of God’s kindness and grace through Israel’s past, expounding what it means to be united with Christ, and how victory over sin can be won. We hear the wonderful words, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” We learn that God will work all things for our good, and that nothing in the universe can separate us from His love.
Then Paul spends a few chapters wrestling with the role of God’s sovereignty in His dealings with Israel, His redemption of sinners, the efficacy of His word, and justice. These are hard things to understand, and require careful thought and reflection. What happened to Paul when he considered these things? What effect did it have on him? He is moved to worship! He erupts in a declaration of the glory of God. As his mind is blown, his heart overflows with adoration and joy!
God has revealed so much about His character, His ways, and His grace for sinners. There are literally scores of lifetimes’ worth of glorious truths to ponder in His word and in the testimony of His work through history. We can know more than enough to be certain of who He is and of His love for us, but not so much that He seems too familiar or uninteresting. There is so much that we just can’t wrap our minds around. The richness of His wisdom and knowledge are too deep for us. His judgments cannot be fully grasped. His ways are mysterious. We can know Him truly, but we can’t know Him fully. He will never be in our debt or ask us for advice. He’s infinitely higher than us. Yet, He stooped down to show His love for us in Christ. He rescued us. He has chosen us and adopted us into His family. We belong to Him. He is our God, we are His people. Indeed, as our minds reach their limits of understanding, our hearts spill over with praise to God! Oh, the depths! To Him be glory forever!
When was the last time you were truly amazed by something, and rendered speechless or moved to words of praise?
What passages of Scripture or truths from God’s word cause you to marvel at God and His love for you?
Has your zeal for God grown cold? Does He and His work around you seem uninteresting? If so, why do you think that is the case? Who can you talk to about it?
Pray: Thank God for who He is and what He has done for you. Thank Him for Christ. Thank Him for provision and blessings in your life. Ask Him to fill you afresh with His Spirit. Ask to be blown away by what you see in His word and as you hear His word preached each week. Pray for revival, starting in your own heart and in our church.