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! Romans 11:33.
The Word of God, like the character of its divine Author, presents mysteries that can never be fully comprehended by finite beings….
If it were possible for created beings to attain to a full understanding of God and His works, then, having reached this point, there would be for them no further discovery of truth, no growth in knowledge, no further development of mind or heart. God would no longer be supreme; and men, having reached the limit of knowledge and attainment, would cease to advance. Let us thank God that it is not so. God is infinite; in Him are “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:3. And to all eternity men may be ever searching, ever learning, and yet they can never exhaust the treasures of His wisdom, His goodness, and His power.
In the natural world we are constantly surrounded with mysteries that we cannot fathom…. Should we then be surprised to find that in the spiritual world also there are mysteries that we cannot fathom?
The mysteries of the Bible … are among the strongest evidences of its divine inspiration. If it contained no account of God but that which we could comprehend; if His greatness and majesty could be grasped by finite minds, then the Bible would not, as now, bear the unmistakable evidences of divinity…. The more we search the Bible, the deeper is our conviction that it is the word of the living God, and human reason bows before the majesty of divine revelation.
Christ will lead the redeemed ones beside the river of life, and will open to them that which while on this earth they could not understand.
In the light that shines from the throne, mysteries will disappear, and the soul will be filled with astonishment at the simplicity of the things that were never before comprehended.
The Faith I Live By p. 14
—–Please pray for a friend of mine. His name is Peter and he has a fungus in his lungs and is very ill. He is in ICU. He is a husband and father of two young children. He is a deacon in my church and works with Pathfinders. Prayers are needed for the whole family. Becky
—–Please pray for a friend, Arthur. Carl just took him to the er and his left side is affected. Becky
—–a church sister Barb has passed away after a difficult illness. Please pray for her hubby Ray, and adult children Cheri and Mike.
Also, just learned that a childhood friend, and worker in God’s kingdom, has had emergency kidney surgery, after a suspected organ failure. Surgery went fine, his voice in strong, but there are lab tests to wait for and healing to happen. Please lift Roy, (the patient) and his wife Earlenne (the stressed spouse!) up to God’s throne of grace. Jeanie
One time, when I was in my twenties, I was roughhousing and having a lot of fun. Suddenly, I felt a “crack” in my right hand. Instantly, there was a painful numbness. All thoughts of playing around vanished. I knew what had happened. As I felt my hand, all of the bones seemed to be in the right place, so I didn’t go to the doctor. (There was no money to pay doctor bills.) I just wrapped up my hand and endured.
I reasoned that since I was left-handed, my right hand would not be used that much anyway. How wrong I was. You never realize how much you use an area of the body until it is injured. Then it seems like every movement is centered right there. Doing dishes was nearly impossible. Picking up the heavy, iron frying pan was especially difficult. For many weeks, doing even the simplest tasks became a challenge. For years, my right hand has at times reminded me it was there.
Only when something is injured can we realize just how interconnected the body really is. It is the same in the church. Each member is important to the work of Christ. Each has a part to fulfill. Paul explains it this way, “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom, to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit, To another faith by the same Spirit, to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit, To another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another divers kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free, and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body, is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body, is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour, and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it, or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 1 Cor 12:4-28
Our Great Creator has a special plan for our life. He has for each person a part to act in His great plan that no other can fulfill. If anyone fails to fulfill that part, there is a suffering and weakness in the whole body. Our Great Creator tells us, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isa 55:8,9 He, alone, sees the whole picture and is guiding us into the part of that picture where we are most needed. We might feel that we are insignificant and have no talent worth using, but that is not so. Christ Jesus is the head “from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” Eph 4: 11,12,16
May we allow God’s plan to be fulfilled in our life. May we cooperate with Him as He guides us day by day. May we allow ourselves to be used by Him to bring others to Him that they, too, may become part of the body is my prayer.