God was wisely sovereign when I heard the words on my birthday, “Your chest x-ray is abnormal.” I had already been struggling with debilitating vision. Now, I was being told that my lungs were being damaged by an overactive immune system which was attacking this much needed organ for breathing. Over the last three years I have been struggling with unexpected and weird, even rare, health issues. And, yet, I am being cared for with a sovereign wisdom that is perfect. I don’t have to understand the why or know what will happen next; I just need to know my God, for then I will most happily trust and rest in His active care.
God’s ways are inscrutable, because, honestly, I cannot even come close to knowing what the right questions should be to ask. God surveys all time in one gaze. He knows and sees everything, all at once, all the time. I can’t even begin to go there. I remember some of my past. For, today, well, I am here in the moment. And I have no ability to tell you what is going to happen next, because I frankly don’t know; and even what I suspect might happen doesn’t necessarily mean it will. Not so with God. He is beyond time. He is present in all time. And He controls the minutiae of every day in the universe as well as the invisible world beyond that which we can perceive. There is so much I just don’t know! How can I even begin to control what I can’t understand?
Not only is God wisely sovereign over everything, but He is also dedicated to completing His work in me; so that I am made able to finish the works that He Himself ordained for me to do (Philippians 1:6). I am confident that I will not have one unfinished task, because of His divine promises to me, His faithful love over me and His power to accomplish what He says He will do. God is able and trustworthy, so I am assured that He will complete everything concerning me. When I actively believe these truths about my God, it makes me happy and at peace in and with my God, even smack dab in the middle of difficult days. God always acts in a way that is beautiful and above reproach, and He is laying up His goodness for those who trust in Him. “Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!” (Psalm 31:19). The apostle Paul writes to the Christians in Thessalonica sharing how he prays for them, “…that by His power He may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.” Paul writes in another letter, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” So, if God is for me, then I am being held by the safest, strongest, and most worthy hands.
Who I am and whatever I possess originates with God. I didn’t create me. I didn’t decide when I wanted to be born, or where, or into which family. I have absolutely nothing to do with my existence. Which is kind of crazy to wrap your mind around, because when things go wrong in our lives it is common to feel that you deserve a bit better in your life. But, I don’t even exist on my own. The breath in my lungs doesn’t originate inside of me. God is generously giving you and me every breath. It is all from God. So, when I think about the good life plans ordained for me by God, and more specifically the tasks He has ordained for me to do, I must consider that none of which I was created do comes from me. Everything comes from God. It always starts and ends with God. Even when I do the things I was designed by God to do, I am only giving back to Him what belongs to Him anyway. God is not any richer by my giving to Him. God is not needing anything that I can do for Him. It is similar to a child giving a birthday present to their parent which they purchased with their parent’s money! My behavior and good gifts will never put God into my debt; everything always comes from Him! All glory, honor and power belongs to Him.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”
For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
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