I am trying out my hand at writing the devotionals for the internet radio station ... what do you think?
Today's 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!
Romans 11:33 / KJV
Imagine the Apostle Paul writing to the Roman church. There was much to read in Rome in those days ... exquisite poetry, finely crafted moral philosophy, laws, decrees ... but all of it worldly, of no heavenly good.
Paul knew this well. He was very well educated and often, I am sure, debated philosphies with many other educated men during his time in Rome. But Paul now had a much better message to talk and write about. The Lord Jesus! Intimacy is now available with God! From the context of the Scripture, we find that Paul was writing to non-Jews to show them that now the door to the Lord was open for them as well!
He was also expressing how precious it is to know the Lord. In the Biblical sense, 'knowing' means being very, very intimate, to the point of being one. What beauty there is in the anaology of marital intimacy to the Lord.
The natural outworking of Intimacy with the Lord is Fear of the Lord. Awesome, reverent, holy fear of the Lord. And ... in that fear comes wisdom, knowledge and understanding. What awesome gifts!
Proverbs 9:12 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Isaiah 11:2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him -a Spirit of wisdom and understanding,a Spirit of counsel and strength,a Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
Oh, the depth of the riches of knowing God!