I have found a Christian author that seems to articulate so much that I have been thinking about lately. He’s really focused on God as our sovereign ruler and King, ever present and powerful. Here is an excerpt, including two scriptures and a quote from another author, followed by a prayer:
Who has understood the mind of the LORD, or instructed Him as His counselor? Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten Him, and who taught Him the right way? Who was it that taught Him knowledge or showed Him the path of understanding? — Isaiah 40:13-14 (NIV)
Who instructed God? Whom did He consult? think of what we’ve learned about the design of the human body–the amazing intricacy and efficiency of a single cell, the sheer magnitude of the connecting fibers between nerve cells in the brain. Who could have served as the Lord’s consultant on a design task like that? Could you or I?
It’s an absurd question, isn’t it? Yet we continually want to be God’s adviser in His providential workings. We continually want to tell Him how certain circumstances should be changed. Or worse, we question God’s wisdom when we can’t understand what He’s doing.
How fathomless the depths of God’s resources, wisdom and knowledge! How unsearchable His decisions, and how mysterious His methods! For who has ever understood the thoughts of the Lord, or has ever been His adviser? Glory to Him forever! — Romans 11:33-36 (Charles B. Williams Translation)
To this end may the following words from J. L. Dagg encourage us:
It should fill us with joy that infinite wisdom guides the affairs of the world. Many of its events are shrouded in darkness and mystery, and inextricable confusion sometimes seems to reign. Often wickedness prevails, and God seems to have forgotten the creatures that He has made. Our own path through life is dark and devious, and beset with difficulties and dangers. How full of consolation is the doctrine that infinite wisdom directs every event, brings…light out of darkness, and, to those who love God, causes all things, whatever be their present aspect and apparent tendency, to work together for good. — Dagg, Manual of Theology, pg. 91.
So with joy and consolation let us stand in awe of the infinite wisdom of God manifested in creation, providence, and redemption. But let’s do more. One of the marks of a God-fearing person is to trust in the Lord: “The Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love” (Psalm 147:11). To hope in His unfailing love is to trust Him. As we stand in awe, let us trust Him, even when we don’t understand what He is doing.
O infinite God! Who has understood Your mind or instructed You as Your counselor? Before the universe was created it existed in all its intricate complexity in Your vast mind. Even the tiny cells in our bodies testify to the sheer brilliance of Your creative genius. But while we marvel at Your creation, we confess that we often wonder at Your providence. Help us to learn that You ways truly are higher than our ways, and that You are always working for our good despite the many things we don’t understand. May we fear You by trusting You. And may we ever praise You through Jesus our Lord and Savior. Amen –Jerry Bridges, The Joy of Fearing God, pg. 94-95
Are any of you struggling with life events right now? Do you wonder how things could go so “wrong?” If you are trusting Jesus for salvation, you need not fear. God is sovereign and working all things together for good (Romans 8:28-29). We don’t have to try to control, manipulate, worry, be anxious or force anything to happen. It all comes together in His time and way, completely beyond our understanding, or weak efforts to control. Wait and trust; watch and see what God will do! Listen for His voice of calm, wisdom, instruction and assurance; trust Him, rather than trusting yourself.