Unfathomable Creation

Job 38:33   (KJV)   33 Knowest 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 Job 38.33 - Unfathomable Creationhow 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.”

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Just Wait

Jeremiah 42:7   (KJV)   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.

Jeremiah 42.7 - Just WaitGod 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.

 

God’s Prerogative

Matthew 20:15   (KJV)   15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

God is sovereign, meaning, He is absolutely powerful, absolutely free, and is absolutely in control of all situations. He can do whatever He wants to do. Although we’re free to question Him—how he does things, why He does things; our questioning only helps matthew-20-15-divine-prerogativeperhaps in letting out our steam; but it doesn’t really hold ground because He knows best. And even when He reveals His motivations and actions to us, there’s really no guarantee that our finite minds understand.

God has full prerogative, authority, and right to do things His way. Praise God. He doesn’t need to consult anyone or ask permission from anyone. He owns everything; He does whatever He wants to do with His possessions. That’s comforting because contributions from us won’t help perfect what’s already perfect; we can’t improve on Him. Yet, you know what’s interesting? If we would humbly admit: we have questioned God so many times—directly and/or indirectly.

There are many situations when we would have done things very differently. Would we really forgive others 70 x 7? Would we really love our enemies? Would we really turn our other cheek—not for another kiss but another slap? Would we really not exact vengeance? Would we really rather serve than be served?—Most probably not. Isn’t it true that even now when we already know our wise God’s instructions for best and most blessed living, we still find ourselves many times wanting to do the opposite?

Thank You Lord for doing what you do. There’s no other way. Everything you do stems from your love, grace, kindness, goodness, mercy, justice, patience, wisdom, and beauty—always the best, from the Best, for our best. We prefer no other way.

On Questioning God

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Job 38:4   (KJV)   4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

The Lord invites us to reason with Him; that’s how gracious, loving and understanding He is. But we do always in love and reverence—never in pride, doubt, and arrogance. There are many things we don’t understand and we will never understand. The vast ocean of God’s knowledge won’t ever fit the tiny cup of minds. God also has withheld some info from us—those secrets belong to God.

It saddens me seeing how many people doubt God’s existence or accuse God of wrongdoing; just because there are things we don’t comprehend about Him and about His ways. But really, how can we question Him when we’re surrounded by so many things we can’t explain—things that show God’s greatness, splendor, and majesty. Humble hearts seek their Maker, and it’s natural for them to bow before Someone so great.

Until now, it doesn’t matter what kind of explanation unbelievers come up with to question God’s existence, they haven’t come up with an answer to something as plain and simple as the origin or beginning of the universe. It’s only very recently that they came up with an admission that the universe indeed had a beginning. This is a truth believers had known for eons. We pray for those who still wouldn’t humbly accept that their intelligence and brilliance is sheer folly when they take positions against the One Who knows all things.

Spiritual Understanding

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Mark 8:21   (KJV)   21 And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?

So many—the Lord has done so many things and has revealed Himself in so many ways that we understand Him when we open our eyes to everything that’s going on. Miracles abound. His Words and His works testify to Who He is and what He wants. There are so many things that take away people’s attention away from Him. That’s why we’re careful; we take life seriously—with joy and wisdom, as we live out our faith in Him.

There are things we have to do and things we have to avoid. Our precious Lord Jesus is very clear about His teachings and commands. He asks us to go to all the world, preach the Gospel, and make disciples. To be clear, we make disciples of our precious Lord Jesus. We genuinely live out what we preach and teach; we live out in such a way that our lights shine brightly as representatives of our Lord and Savior.

We provide good examples for others to see and follow so they ultimately walk in the footsteps of our Jesus. I sadly admit, even among theists, there are teachers and people who are more committed and loyal to their religious affiliations, and denominational teachings and traditions than to the Lord Himself. God’s Word may be very clear on a subject matter; the truth may be right before their eyes, but they don’t see it. They keep looking for “more proofs” when they’re inundated and surrounded by myriad teachings and truths. They’re not persuaded not because of lack of proofs; it’s because they’re looking for what they want to see.

We have earthly duties and responsibilities. We have the truth to pursue and errors to be watchful for. In all these, our eyes are set on our Lord. Everything about our lives is in Him, and revolves in Him. People may doubt, question, misunderstand, and disbelieve our Lord; but we understand.

 

Answers

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.