Romans Lesson 20 Day 4

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Romans Lesson 20 Day 4

My answers to BSF study questions

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9. Romans 11:34

Paul asks, “For who has discovered how the Lord thinks or is wise enough to be the one to advise him in his plans? (TPT)” Paul quoted Isaiah 40:13)

The implied answer is — NO ONE!

However, in 1 Corinthians 2:16, Paul asks the same question and adds, “But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.” (AMP)

Believers in an intimate relationship with the Father through Jesus have (limited) access to the thoughts, feelings, and purposes of God’s heart when He is willing to reveal them. And our brains can contain and comprehend so much.

10. We often think we are so smart.

How often do I think I can figure out how to fix the challenge du jour?

Job 38:1-7; Job 42:1-6; Psalm 8:1-9; Isaiah 40:13-28

“I Babbled On About Things Far Beyond Me,” is the heading before Job 42 in the MSG Bible.

God is The Creator of All You Can See or Imagine” leads into Isaiah 40–also in the MSG Bible.

After God confronts Job’s arrogance, Job admits he doesn’t have a clue and repents for belittling God’s advice.

We can’t truly praise God until we realize HE is only one wise enough to sustain life and solve our problems. We cannot fathom the layers of complexity involved.

The solutions to our problems intersect with the lives of many others, I believe. Only God can track and weave that beautiful tapestry.

11. How often do I put my trust in myself?

Way too often. Then when my idea doesn’t work out, I get irritated or depressed.

That’s trusting in my own limited intellect and based on incomplete insight.

So many times, I react to a situation or give my opinion without seeking God first.

While working on this question, I remembered something I used to pray. I’d ask God to use me to be the answer to the prayers of others. Often that led me to over-commit because I thought I should say yes to every request for my time. Again, I didn’t seek God first.

Lord God, I repent for all the times I’ve failed to seek You first for direction and answers. You aren’t too busy to listen.

I repent of being impatient when I don’t hear an answer right away, then taking the matter into my own hands.

I also repent for worrying. You ARE able. Your ways are always best.

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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 20 Day 4 ~ Romans 11:33-34