From Him, Through Him, To Him

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Sometimes God's ways are hard, painful and confusing and they don't always make sense. How can we trust God when the outcome of our circumstances seem doubtful? In this 60-minute session from the 2008 True Woman Conference, radio host, compelling speaker and author Nancy Leigh DeMoss unfolds Romans 11:33–36 to provide the framework to what it means to be a true woman of God. Nancy is the host and teacher for Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him, two nationally syndicated radio programs. She has authored several books and Bible studies including, Bibilical Portrait of Womanhood: Discovering and living Out God’s Plan for our Lives, Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free, and Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy.      



As her introduction, Nancy explained how the book of Romans is structured. She said the first eleven chapters of Romans lay out the basic doctrines of faith ("the what"). The last five chapters gives us practical application of everything that has just preceded ("so what") and asks how are we to live in light of all that we've just seen? Romans 11:33–36 is a bridge to these two sections. 

Romans 11:33-36 (ESV)

33Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

34“For who has known the mind of the Lord,

or who has been his counselor?”

35“Or who has given a gift to him

that he might be repaid?”

36For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Read verse 33 again. There is no limit to God's wisdom and knowledge. As Nancy mentioned, He knows everything about your past, your present and your future. He knows every detail of your family and circumstances. How does this truth change the way you think about your life? How does the fact that God's ways are inscrutable affect how you see your life?
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Read verse 44 again. The answer to all the three questions Paul asks is no one. Describe your approach to a difficult circumstance in your life. Do you judge God for something you don't like or understand? Do you expect something from God that you think He owes you? Do you try to counsel God about how to handle a specific situation? Explain.
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Nancy gave us three applications from this passage:
  1. A true woman of God lives a God-centered life.
  2. A true woman of God trusts God completely with her life.
  3. A true woman says, "Yes, Lord."

Nancy said to say "Yes, Lord," means for women to say "no" to a lot of other things. What will you say "no" to in your life?

Choose all that apply

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Nancy said, "To resist or to resent the circumstances, the situation in which you find yourself, is ultimately to resent and resist God Himself." Do you agree with Nancy? How would other people be able to tell if you truly accept the life that God has given you? How does your life demonstrate your total dependence on Him?
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Nancy said, "I believe this passage provides a framework—a context—for our lives as women. It gives us a fixed reference point for our hearts. It tethers our hearts to God’s ultimate eternal purposes. It gives us a perspective and a grid for responding to God’s sovereign choices in our lives and for responding to circumstances that we cannot understand or explain."


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