Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became his counselor? Or who has first given to him that it might be paid back to him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:33-36

Today’s thoughts from today’s verses:

Psalm 100:3 says, “Know that the Lord himself is God; it is he who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.” Isaiah 53:6 says, “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way, but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on him.” And in John 10:11 Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” Consider for a moment the contrast between “the sheep of his pasture” and “each of us has turned to his own way.” In this contrast we see the fundamental problem of mankind: we mess with the Divine order of things by usurping God’s role and making ourselves the authority and master of our own lives.  

The Scriptures speak of our relationship with God in terms of Creator/creature, Father/children, and Shepherd/sheep and the truth that comes to us with each of these is that God is in charge and we are not. We have usurped the place of God in our own lives and we need a Savior big time. Hallelujah, Jesus is the good shepherd who did lay down his life for the sheep. Once again we can “know that the Lord himself is God.” This is what today’s Scripture is all about. What a beautiful statement of the Divine order of things between God and mankind that boldly and wonderfully declares that God is God and we are not. Thank you Jesus for restoring the Divine order of things in our lives so that we can truly and fully live for God’s glory and his alone.

Today’s prayer response from today’s thoughts:

Lord, it really does all come down to trust and surrender. I surrender my life to you so that my ultimate aim is to exist for your honor and glory. Lord, may it be that you are freely able to utilize my life fully for your Divine purposes. Help me stay in the place of trusting you before trials come, when they come, and throughout them. May I always remember that whatever I go through for the cause of Christ you will be with me, your amazing peace will be mine, and it will be worth it. Grant that I may always live in the reality that there is no higher calling than to be fully aligned with you as the authority and master of my life. Amen!