(Thanks to Jay for inspiration on this one)
Facing a heartbreaking challenge involving the health of a loved one many years ago, a friend confessed he did not know what God was doing in the painful situation. He added, however, an affirmation of Divine faithfulness that remains to this day a bright and shining ray of illumination regarding God's faithfulness. "I don't know what the Lord is doing," said my friend. "But I do know what He is being."
"And God said unto Moses, I am that I am. And He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you" (Exodus 3:14).
God frequently chooses not to explain to us the manner of His hand. In such cases, we wouldn't understand even if He did. He always, however, offers to us the motive of His heart. We require only an open Bible to discover the content and intent thereof. "Faithful is He that calleth you" (I Thessalonians 5:24). We can always be sure of our Lord's good intentions. Moreover, we can always have perfect confidence in His application of those intentions, even when they bewilder us - "As for God, His way is perfect" (II Samuel 22:31). Our faith lies in both God's "I AM" and in His "I do." The former, however, must constitute the heart of our faith as we remember and affirm the heart of our Lord in times when His hand seems stilled or even misguided. "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him" (Job 13:15).
"I do know what He is being." God's purposes will lead us all to times when we must grab hold of the horns of this altar, as it were. His actions always accord with His nature and character. Thus, when we cannot understand His hand, we trust His heart. We shall not be disappointed as we gaze upon this Light that shines in the darkness. "He that believeth on Him shall not be confounded" (I Peter 2:6). Indeed, no one has ever been disappointed who trusted the heart of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. And no one ever will.
There is a Light that shines in the darkness.
There is a wind that blows in the stillness.
There is a fount of grace in the desert place,
a stream of hope for those who know,
there is a Light that shines in the darkness.
"The light shineth in darkness."
Weekly Memory Verse
In the day of my trouble I will call upon Thee: for Thou wilt answer me.