by Alan and Clarice Smith 17 November 2020
God gave his grace to me, the least of all God’s people, to preach the good news about the immeasurable riches of Christ to the Gentiles. Ephesians 3:8
At times during lockdown we have thought about holidays we have enjoyed with freedom to move about anywhere at any time. One that came to mind was when we went to America ahead of a cruise so that we could enjoy a couple of days in New York. We took the opportunity to board a bus and have a tour viewing the sites from the top deck. Included in the list of stops the bus made was the Smithsonian Institution’s collection which has 150 million objects. It is recorded that if a person went every day for eight hours and spent only two minutes on each item, it would take nearly 2,000 years to see them all, and you wouldn’t know the stories behind the objects.
Plumbing the depths of God offers infinitely more opportunities for mystery and discovery. Before Paul became a Christian, he lived his life as a strict, law-obeying Pharisee. When he began to understand God’s plan for salvation through faith in Christ for both Jews and Gentiles, it must have been like entering the Smithsonian. Surely he would be dazzled by the overwhelming nature of this new discovery of grace. Every fresh insight revealing a new aspect of God’s kindness and mercy.
Paul often used words like unsearchable, incomprehensible and unfathomable to describe God’s grace and love. God invites us to explore these indescribable wonders, helping us declare with Paul ‘Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!’ (Romans 11:33, NIV)
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Dear God, give us eyes to see the unfathomable richness of your grace. Amen