God is the only One who "kyut - dihng"This morning I read this passage from Romans 11:3-6:
"Lord, they've killed your prophets and torn down your altars. I'm the only one left, and they're trying to take my life." (4) But what was God's reply? God said, "I've kept 7,000 people for myself who have not knelt to worship Baal." (5) So, as there were then, there are now a few left that God has chosen by his kindness. (6) If they were chosen by God's kindness, they weren't chosen because of anything they did. Otherwise, God's kindness wouldn't be kindness.What really stands out to me are the phrases "I've kept 7000 people for myself" and "they weren't chosen because of anything they did." In Cantonese we have a word that means "decide". It is the word "kyut - dihng". When said with emphasis it means to "decide firmly". It is like Who Wants to be a Millionaire? "Is that your final answer?" What it says to me, is that in the end, after all is said and done, it is God's choice which matters. I am NOT denying the free will of man or our responsibility to choose God, but even that somehow falls under God's sovereign decisions. God decided to keep 7000 men for himself. God decides that there will be a remnant of people who trust him. God decides and chooses people based on his infinite wisdom and grace.
God has the final say-so, not us. That is mind-bending, awesome. That's why Paul ends Romans 11 with the words:
God's riches, wisdom, and knowledge are so deep that it is impossible to explain his decisions or to understand his ways. (34) "Who knows how the Lord thinks? Who can become his adviser?" (35) Who gave the Lord something which the Lord must pay back? (36) Everything is from him and by him and for him. Glory belongs to him forever! Amen! Rom 11:33-36