August 21

Today's Bible Reading
            I Samuel 13
            Romans 11
            Jeremiah 50
            Psalms 28-29
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:33;36)

            Paul completes three chapters on perhaps the most difficult and complex theological issue in all of his writings. The debate between the sovereignty of God and the free volition of men continues to raise controversy and debate in the Christian church. Three groups are seen here - Jews, Gentiles, and the church.
            I personally like the simplicity of the rural preacher who said, “I do believe in election. God has a vote, and the devil has a vote. It is my vote that settles the issue. Jesus was perhaps becoming very deeply theological when he said to all lost people everywhere, ''whosoever will may come.” When we've entered that door and look back, we see the family truth that He has written, ''You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you."
            Truly, we know that every railroad has two tracks. Those tracks may never cross, but they run side by side. Throughout the Word of God are these twin truths that run side by side - the infinite sovereignty of God, and the finite volition of man that allows ''whosoever will may come.''
            It is clear that it was the obsession of the Apostle Paul that all men everywhere, Jew and Gentile come to a personal faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. So that is why he sums up and concludes these difficult passages with these simple statements to the glory of God.
            When you consider the sovereignty of God and His plan for us, the critical issue is not why some would go to Hell. It is even more difficult to answer why any would go to Heaven, but the answer is the amazing grace of our Lord.
            So we need to ask the question, “What is the Book of Romans all about?” It is about salvation, it is about God's love for people, and His steadfast concern that they be saved.
            It is wonderful to know that God's plan for the Gentiles is that we are grafted in, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. We've been aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and yet God called us with His mighty love that we might be saved. Hallelujah! (Romans 9:23-26) God's purpose for Israel is much the same.  God has never forsaken His ancient people.
            And God has a plan for His church. We are a prepared people for a prepared place, and our Lord Jesus is preparing that place for us today. Jesus said, “He that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37)
            So it is clear that when you come to Him, you are predestined for Heaven. When you are born, you are never predestined to Hell. If you have not received Him yet, you may receive Him now. If you know Him, you can proclaim to every single person on the face of this earth, every man, woman, boy and girl, that “whosoever will may come and be saved.” God's ways may be beyond intellectual comprehension, but they are not beyond your faith. Believe Him today!
            The Bengali people are by far the largest unreached people in the world with a global total of over 230 million. The majority live in Bangladesh and India, but large communities live in Britain, the United States, etc. It was to the Bengali that William Carey went as a missionary. Although they revere  his memory, the great breakthrough has still not come after 200 years.  Now could be the time for the Bengali people. Many are torn between being good Bengali and good Muslims. Pray for the Bengalis today.