“Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out. Is there anyone around who can explain God? Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do? Anyone who has done him such a huge favor that God has to ask his advice? Everything comes from him; everything happens through him; everything ends up in him. Always glory! Always praise! Yes. Yes. Yes.” 11:33-36 MSG
I love the heart of God; he is never done with us. Even if we’ve been snipped off, like useless branches once crowding a tree, he can still redeem us, graft us back into living, growing species.
“And don’t get to feeling superior to those pruned branches down on the ground. If they don’t persist in remaining deadwood, they could very well get grafted back in. God can do that. He can perform miracle grafts. Why, if he could graft you—branches cut from a tree out in the wild—into an orchard tree, he certainly isn’t going to have any trouble grafting branches back into the tree they grew from in the first place. Just be glad you’re in the tree, and hope for the best for the others.” 11:23-24 MSG
Believer, take heart. He is never done with you! The pruned branches Paul’s talking about in the verse above is symbolism for Israel, God’s special possession. They were relentless in their disobedience towards God, yet still he loves them and leaves room for them on the tree.
Are you distancing yourself from God because you don’t feel like he could redeem you?
God can perform miracle grafts. He can soften the most calloused heart, he can breathe like into the lifeless and he can save the seemingly un-saveable. Yes, yes, yes!