Wednesday, July 10, 2013

"The Goodness Unknown"

     While we know many of the blessings God has bestowed upon us, I suspect that most of His provisions, protections, and bestowals of grace occur behind the scenes and under the surface, as it were.

Many, O LORD my God, are Thy wonderful works which Thou hast done, and Thy thoughts which are to usward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto Thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered" (Psalm 40:5).

    During my walk this morning, the thought occurred, thus providing opportunity to offer gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His undetected outpourings of love.  The God who "worketh all things after the counsel of His own will" immerses Him completely in both ourselves and our experience when we enter into relationship with Him through the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:11).  Indeed, we are as fish that swim in the ocean that is God - "In Him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).  His working, however involves so many facets and nuances of applied wisdom, grace, mercy, and loving action on our behalf that we cannot begin to apprehend them all.  So, we give thanks for the goodness known, and for the goodness unknown.

    Perhaps in Heaven, the Lord may allow us to look back on His marvelous and hidden doings during our earthly sojourn.  If so, we will be thrilled and amazed by the profundity and magnitude of His frequently quiet and unassuming way in our lives.  Even more, we will thrilled and amazed by the character of the God who parts seas when necessary, but who most often works without fanfare, pomp, and circumstance.  Just as He did in the life of His Son...

He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him."
(Isaiah 53:2)

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