Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! “For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice? And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back?” For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen. —Romans 11:33-36
How will we honor God today? In what way will we shine forth His brilliance? Will we live in such a way today to magnify His Name? What can we be or do today that will reveal God to those around us? Who will see His beauty and wonder in us or through us today? Where will people see the grandeur of God in us today? The stars show forth these things? So do flowers, animals, mountains and valleys, oceans, lakes, rivers and streams… but today will you and I? Not only do all things come from Him and exist by His power, but all things are intended for His glory. That includes you and me.
It is totally impossible to understand God unless He reveals Himself to us. Through creation He revealed His power, divine nature glory and creativity (Romans 1:20; Psalm 19). Through our consciences we are accused of right and wrong (Romans 2:15). By His Son, Jesus, truth and grace was made flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). By His Holy Spirit He guides us into truth (John 16:13). He has given us His written Word to grow in Him, understand His ways, to renew our minds, to transform us and to help others to know Him as well.
How do you and I respond when we go through very difficult situations? Do we try to figure everything out? Do we think we need to know all the reasons? Job went through some very difficult times and after “defending” himself before his “friends” he wanted to have an audience with God to get things right…
Here is how the Lord answered Job and then Job’s response— “Then the Lord said to Job, “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?” Then Job replied to the Lord, “I am nothing—how could I ever find the answers? I will cover my mouth with my hand. I have said too much already. I have nothing more to say” (Job 40:1-5).
See there are times when we trust God for the things we do not understand. Do we have the faith that what He is doing or what He has allowed to happen it actually for our good and a working out of His divine plan? Can we begin to fathom that “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (II Corinthians 4:17). We do not need to know everything, nor can we. “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29). May we be faithful with what He has revealed to us and trust Him for those things He has chosen not to reveal to us.
Dear Father, I do not understand so much. My knowledge is so limited, but I will trust You for all those things I do not know. I know You have my best interest always in mind and the way I fit into Your plans is for the best. I am grateful that You can be trusted fully. May I do so in the authority of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit’s power.