O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements and how inscrutable his ways!
‘For who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counsellor?’
‘Or who has given a gift to him,
to receive a gift in return?’
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory for ever. Amen.
St. Paul reminds us in these verses of praise that even though God is beyond our control and understanding by faith and obedience we can trust and count on God.
Romans 11:36 might sound somewhat familiar to someone who attends a liturgical church.
In the Lutheran liturgy one may often hear these words or something similar at the conclusion of the Thanksgiving at the Table for Holy Communion, "Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, almighty Father, now and forever."
For Christians, a God who transcends human understanding does not lead us to despair because God makes himself known to us in this world. God is constantly reaching out to us.
We see this most clearly in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. After the consecration of the bread and wine to then hear the words, "Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours almighty Father, now and forever" ought to be a very sobering experience because it proclaims to us that the God of the universe, the God who has been revealed to us is present, our God is with us.
This is also a proclamation and reminder of our salvation, comfort in knowing who we belong to.
Through Christ. With Christ. In Christ.
Jesus brings us to the father, with Christ we receive the inheritance, and in Christ we receive new life. The beauty of the Sacrament of Holy Communion is that Christ is also in us.
Yes we worship a God beyond human understanding and control, but by faith we are a people of hope not despair. The Good News is that our God is a God we can trust and Jesus promises to be present whenever we gather around Word and the sacred meal known as Holy Communion.
Pastor Adam Sornchai