GOD CAN BE TRUSTED EVEN WHEN YOU ARE DROWNING IN THE SEAS OF CRISIS
- Key Verse
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)
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This doxology flows from the thankful heart of Paul. He points out that God's knowledge is limitless, He needs no human counselors, owes no man anything, and yet we owe Him our all. Everything is about God, not us. He is the creator, the sustainer, and the One worthy of all praise.
As I remember the tears and hopelessness surrounding Philip's birth, I now realize God can be trusted in all circumstances. My life changed forever on December 20, 1982, when my son Philip was born two months premature. He had seizures that caused his breathing and heart to stop. On December 26, he had heart surgery. He experienced a brain bleed soon afterward. We next learned he was born without part of his brain. Nurses taught us infant CPR and warned us we would be using it often. After two months in the hospital, he went home on a heart monitor. "Why him, Lord?" "Where are you, God?" "Why me?" These questions haunted me day and night through endless periods of despair.
If you are experiencing the "Why me?" questions, this passage offers encouragement and assurance of why God can be trusted.
In each verse of this passage, we can discover why God is faithful and trustworthy.
Verse 33: God knows everything. He can change chaos into beauty and order. (Colossians 2:2-3)
Verse 34: God needs no counselors. He is totally competent! (Isaiah 40:13-14)
Verse 35: We can't give God anything that He doesn't already own. (Job 41:11)
Verse 36: Everything that exists has its beginning in God, is carried out by God, is through God and for God, with its goal to glorify God. (Isaiah 42:8; Romans 8:28-29)
1. Have you ever experienced a problem that God couldn't solve? Explain.
2. Have you ever asked God "Why me?" Did God answer your question? If He did, how?
3. Can God be trusted when tragedy or sorrow overwhelms you? How?
4. If you applied this passage to your life, how would your life be different?
WEEKLY FAMILY ACTIVITY
Romans 8-12 (June 4-9)
Read Romans 12:1-8.
* What does it mean to be a living sacrifice to God?
* How does this show your worship of Him?
* In what ways are you tempted to copy the "patterns of this world"?
* What does it mean to let God transform (change) the way you think? (Read as a family 2 Corinthians 3:18 and Galatians 5:22-26.)
* The Scripture says we all have something that is useful for the church body, what is that "something" in your life?
* Do you know what your gifts and abilities are?
* How can you use these to bring glory to God?
Activity: Get two pieces of blank paper for every person. On the first piece of paper, draw the earth. Within the earth, write or draw the things that represent the "patterns of this world" (examples: being all about money, popularity, success, grades, wearing inappropriate clothes to be "cool," etc.).
On the second piece of paper, draw a bowl of fruit and write all the ways you can be transformed by God changing you.