The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 18
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
–Romans 11:33 (ESV)
All you need to do is to let the divine will do its work, giving yourself over to it blindly, with perfect trust. It is infinitely wise, infinitely powerful, infinitely beneficial to all those who hope in it, fully and without reservation, and who love nothing and seek nothing for themselves.
–Jean Pierre de Caussade
Jesus has revealed to us the will of God. We can see it in him, in its purity and goodness. Then, right next to that revelation, we can see what the apostle Paul referred to as God’s unsearchable judgments and inscrutable ways. We can see that things go contrary to God’s will, and he allows it.
How could Paul say that God “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4), after years of preaching the gospel and seeing this not happen to everyone? Let him answer in his own words: “For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ” (Galatians 1:12). Paul had seen Jesus, so he knew what God desires. Likewise, Peter, after all that time spent with Jesus, could say that God is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
Jesus has done his job with perfection. He has shown us the divine will. Jean Pierre de Caussade is not misguided or naïve when he tells us that this will is “infinitely beneficial to all those who hope in it.” And it is not without reason that he adds that those who hope in it must do so “fully and without reservation,” as those “who love nothing and seek nothing for themselves.”
This is really your only sane option.
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