Dear members of St. John,

“Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” (Romans 11:34)

Imagine picking up the phone to hear: “Hello, this is the office of the president calling. The president needs some advice on his plans to upgrade the country’s infrastructure, and he would like to know what you think. Do you have a few moments to talk?”

Most of us don’t have to worry about calls like that. World leaders don’t usually come to us for counsel and advice.

God doesn’t either. The Bible verse above reminds us of an obvious truth we may sometimes forget. The almighty, all-knowing God of heaven never needs to call anyone for help or advice. He doesn’t ask our advice about how and when he should bless us. He doesn’t need our help to decide whether to send sunshine or rain. Our holy God doesn’t need help deciding what his holy law must demand of our lives. He doesn’t need our advice about how to save us from sin and death.

Yet don’t we still try to offer God our advice at times? We may wish to tell him when and how he could best bless us. We may dictate our plan for him to cure a loved one’s illness. We may even try to explain that some of his laws just don’t seem to work in today’s world anymore. Then we become impatient when God doesn’t do things our way. Too often we resemble a little child who is so sure he knows what is best and then is upset when Mom and Dad don’t see things the same way.

How blessed we are that our heavenly Father patiently forgives us. Before time began, he devised his plan to love and save us. Without input from us, he sent and sacrificed his own Son to take away the sin of the world. Without our help Jesus carried out the most dangerous mission of all time. He battled sin and death and returned in victory without help from anyone. Without our direction the Holy Spirit works through Word and sacrament to create faith in our hearts and bring us into God’s family.

What comfort is ours when we remember that our caring, loving God never lacks the wisdom and power to cause everything to work together for our good. God never needs advice about how to bless us, because he is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). We have every reason to praise him and give him glory forever!

In Christ’s service,
Rev. Jonathan M. Kruschel