Job 38:33 (KJV) 33Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?
Not even the most intellectual individual or group can fully know the governing ordinances or laws of the universe. How much more when it comes to understanding how this unfathomable universe can somehow affect the earth in such an effective and beautiful way.
We humbly recognize and accept our limitations and we gratefully acknowledge the greatness of our God. We may not fully understand His ways, but creation alone—especially the incomprehensible vastness of the universe convinces us of the majesty of our creator. We have questions. The answers are always available. We won’t grasp all of them. The volume of truth available is way more than our ability to contain it.
Dear God, there are things in life we won’t completely understand. Help us Lord to come to grips with this reality in faith-filled abandonment. We won’t completely grasp the ins and outs of every situation, but we can completely trust You. You’re definitely way much bigger than any situation, problem, question, or need we have or will encounter. You’re our God Who’s more than enough. Because of the limitations of our comprehension, we may not have all the answers, but at least we understand why we can honestly declare with David: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” With the little we know about You and Your creation, we see the wisdom of surrendering ourselves to You, and also the reason why we Your people can honestly, humbly, and gratefully declare: “Not to us, oh Lord, but to Your Name be glory.”
Jeremiah 42:7 (KJV) 7 And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah.
God is under no obligation to respond to us right away.
God is sovereign even in relation to our prayers, petitions and questions. This doesn’t mean though that there are times when He’s unaware of our situations; He’s fully aware about everything we and everyone else is going through. He’s aware of everything going on—at all times.
But He’s perfect in His timing as well—always. He knows how, when, and where to grant us what we’re asking for, whether they be ideas, or things. Let’s not take His seeming and momentary silence personally. His silence doesn’t necessarily mean it’s because there’s something wrong in us. It’s not apathy in His part or sin on our part.
We trust Him. His people live in faith. Faith includes patience, perseverance, and persistence.
Luke 1:34,37 (NLT) 34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” 37 For nothing is impossible with God.
The one-of-a-kind task Mary had was from the Lord. It was a naturally impossible task. Despite the work being God-ordained, Mary didn’t automatically understand it. She had a very legitimate question; the angel had a very ready answer – the gist of the answer to the naturally impossible task is that nothing is impossible with the supernatural God.
Everyone has a God-given purpose, God-assigned tasks. Some assignments can’t be achieved unless a miracle is involved. But it is in those times when we’re often shaken, often fearful, often more inclined to back-off, back-down, and miss the great opportunity of joining God in His amazing work. Interestingly, that may be true even in simple things. We have a paralyzing feeling that we aren’t capable of accomplishing tasks we’ve been handed.
We ought to see things in the light of God’s involvement in our lives. There’s an omnipotent God caring for very limited human beings. Yes, we will have questions – reasonable questions. Yes, we may ask those questions – freely and honestly. But let us not allow our unanswered questions to give us a feeling that we have justified excuses, that we can be selective as to whether to obey Him or not. Let’s find out what He says and listen. And whatever He says, we can always run with it with full confidence that our omnipotent God is a very dependable God.
Thank You Lord for sure answers to questions we need answered.