Are you a fan of surprises?

I must admit, I prefer to know what is going on.  I like things that are logical, that make sense.  That’s a real challenge being a follower of Jesus, because God often does things that we do not expect, nor can we figure out.  Sometimes with the benefit of hindsight, the question of “what is God doing?” is answered satisfactorily, other times not.  Unfortunately, we cannot expect to understand what God is up to all the time, Isaiah 55:9 says:

As the heavens are higher than the earth,
 so are my ways higher than your ways
 and my thoughts than your thoughts.

As we continue our journey through Paul’s letter to the Romans, it’s helpful to reflect that God has done surprising things throughout salvation history, and we should not be surprised when he acts in ways today that we do not expect.