Romans 11:33-36 NIV
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. As I have been reading and re-reading through this 11th chapter of Romans, I realize God's wisdom is so far above anything I can comprehend or understand and I think how awesome it is that I don't have to. As His child, all I need to do is put my trust in Him and He takes care of everything. The one thing we can absolutely trust i is that when He promises something, He never goes back on His word.
I had a great conversation with a good friend about this and we were talking about how we could know we were part of His chosen ones and trying to understand when we first really believed in Jesus. We both began thinking about a time when we were very young and we heard about Jesus and believed in Him as little children. Did God honor that childlike faith and once we believed did we become His chosen and as scriptures say, once we came to Him, nothing could separate us from His love?
One thing I do know is there were many many times growing up that I would try to experience the world and what was supposed to be fun by its standards. I remember going places to experience something and there was nothing there to experience. The doors were shut. I really believe God was saying, I'm not letting this happen to my child. Of course that wasn't my thinking at the time, it was more like bummer! Thank God, He knew in His infinite wisdom how much what I was about to do would hurt me and He was not going to let that happen. I really believe that as a child, coming to believe in Jesus is when my walk began and His protection started.
As my friend and I were talking, we were realizing how important it is as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and Sunday School Teachers to take seriously the little minds of children and teach them about Jesus. I am so thankful for the adults in my early life that took that interest in me and knew it wasn't too early to tell me the stories of Jesus. I will always be grateful to them and to Jesus, Whom I can trust to always be there watching me and picking me up when I stumble. These days we need to be especially careful about what our little ones are being allowed to see and hear. We need to speak Jesus loud and clear and often.
by Ken Edgerly