MEDITATING ON THE MYSTERY
Just before returning to Israel, I had the privilege of speaking at our yearly Living Free Women’s Conference, which is held in Ellicott City, MD. One of my talks was about the greatest gift of all, love. I unpacked the mystery of God’s love as it is expressed in his sovereignty and our free will. We will never be able to delve fully into the depths of Romans 9 and understand how God can pre-ordain something while we still have our free will. How can Joseph say to his brothers, “It was not you who sent me to Egypt but God that many lives may be spared. What you meant for harm, God meant for good” (Genesis 45;8, 50:20). Yes, the brothers did sin and suffered much pain of conscience over their lifetimes, but God showed Abraham many years before that his descendants would be slaves in Egypt and would dwell there for 400 years. So, did God cause Joseph's brothers to sin? This is the mystery and this apparent injustice leaves us with only one appropriate response, worship. Because of the nature of these mysteries of God’s sovereignty and his character of love, we will for ever be getting glimpses of understanding without fulling knowing. As we mediate on Him, the revelatory landscape is always changing, depending on where you turn your heart. Oh, the depths and the riches of the love and mercy of God who never acts in contradiction to who he is!