Scripture: from verse 11
…according to the purpose of the One who effects everything in keeping with the decision of His will.
Observation: No, that’s not a typo – this is the verb “effect,” which means to bring about or make happen. He makes stuff happen. Not just the abstract “stuff” that we all make happen, but the actual, literal stuff that our universe consists of. Matter. Energy. Love.
The laws of physics state that matter and energy cannot be created and cannot be destroyed. (They can be turned into each other, but that’s a different story.) The laws of human nature seem to imply that disinterested love is impossible. Life should be more or less impossible, for that matter. All the things that should be limited and impossible, He does. Because He decided to.
Application: …um. I did tell you I was bad at applications, didn’t I?
Prayer: Lord, I praise you for being before the before. Thank you for making me. Thank you for making the impossible happen. Thank you for giving me the power to do the impossible also. Amen.