Today we will continue our look at biblical womanhood from the perspective of Nancy Leigh DeMoss and her chapter entitled, “From Him, to Him, through Him.” The entire chapter is an exposition of Romans 11:33–36.
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 who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become His counselor? Or who has first given to Him and it shall be repaid to him?” For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.I memorized Romans 11:33 last year when I was going through a particularly difficult time, and it has been a great source of comfort. Nancy shares, “It [this passage of Scripture] gives us a perspective—a grid—for responding to His sovereign choices in our lives, especially those we cannot understand or explain.” (p. 29) I don’t about you, but the older I get, it seems the more I can’t explain. I often think, “Why is God choosing to do it this way? It just doesn’t make sense to me.” But then this verse comes to the forefront of my mind and I realize with much humbleness (as did Job) that God’s ways are not knowable. For example, we can look at what God has created and know from Genesis that He created it by His Word, but how He can call matter into existence by merely His word is something my finite mind cannot comprehend.
Nancy shares a quote from Corrie ten Boom’s sister Betsie from when she and Corrie were in the Nazi concentration camp, “tell people what we have learned here . . . that there is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still.” (p. 31) What a powerful message from someone who was experiencing some of the most horrible atrocities ever done to man. Betsie believed no matter what people did to her that God was still bigger, God was still in control, and God had a purpose. John Piper stated, “In every situation and circumstance of your life, God is always doing a thousand different things that you cannot see and you do not know.” (p. 34) I’m reminded of 1 Corinthians 13:12, “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” We anxiously look forward to the day that God will make known to us fully His purposes and plans and we will stand in awe of our sovereign Creator God.