Wow! My blog has got rather dusty! I didn’t realise quite how long it had been since I last wrote on here.
I opened my Bible at 1 Samuel and then Jeremiah before arriving at Romans.
I started reading the section in Romans 12 about love. I thought I would write on that, but then the word doxology, on the opposite page, caught my attention. So, I read the verses that follow in the NIV version, ‘Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counsellor?” “Who has ever given to God that God should repay him?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory for ever! Amen.‘ (Romans 11:33-36)
The word doxology, according to the Oxford dictionary, means ‘a liturgical formula of praise to God.’ That seems important – to understand what doxology means. However, that’s not what I want to focus on.
The part that stuck out for me was, ‘his paths beyond tracing out‘.
We often expect that following Jesus is like following a map from A to B. When expectations don’t match up with reality we have a tendency to feel disheartened, don’t we? While writing this I’m reminded of the verse, ‘Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.‘ (Psalm 119:105 NIV). This verse reassures us that God lights our path for the short distance in front of us. He doesn’t show us the whole map for where we’re heading. Faith and trust play a big part in discipleship.
I once did a drawing of a polar bear cub following in the footsteps of its parent. The polar bear cub didn’t know where the destination was, or how to get there, so had to trust by jumping from footprint to footprint. That’s what we are called to do. It’s a form of worship, which – I think – is why these verses are summed up with the word doxology.
Following Jesus, from step-to-step, is something that I constantly need to work on. I keep going off course and have to make adjustments in my life to come back to the path that He has laid out for me. It’s not easy, but I’m determined to follow Him – wherever He leads me – to the best of my ability.
Anyway, bye for now.