"The Great (and Faithful) Coordinator"
In order for God to "work all things after the counsel of His own will", He must coordinate trillion upon trillions of cumulative moments, atoms, events, circumstances, conditions, angels - both faithful and fallen - and people (after writing that sentence, I read it to our beagle Sparrow, my editor. She and I got then down on our knees in wonder and worship of so great a truth, and so great a God. Well, I think she has knees).
We do well to remember this thought when some detail of life seems impossible to fit into the understanding of our Lord's working in our lives. Sometimes God's faithful servants are thrown into pits and then sold into slavery by their brothers. Sometimes faithful Job finds his heretofore blessed life shredded, with no explanation and no way to understand why darkness swallowed up the light. Sometimes the Psalmist loves and reveres his king, only to find Saul responding with hatred and a javelin. Sometimes a cherished lamb, raised as a pet, is stolen and butchered by a wealthy man whose abundant flock made such cruelty completely unnecessary. And sometimes - once, actually - the Son of God became the Lamb of God, to be rejected by all, including the Father who loved Him "before the world was".
The bewildering chronicle could go on and on, and does. Some things we understand regarding God's perfect way in our lives. Much we do not understand. We can, however, know this: when our Father must fit together those trillion upon trillions of realities, events, and volitional beings in a creation wherein sin exists, much of His working will loom before us in mystery. We must therefore expect to not understand all, and that our blindness will disturb us. "How, Lord? Why, Lord? What, Lord?" No less than David often raised such pained inquiries in the Psalms. He frequently did not understand. However, before the Psalms in which he questioned God's ways ended, he almost invariably affirmed the faithfulness, wisdom, and power of God despite his inability to fathom what and how his Lord worked. Herein we stand, having first kneeled before the altar of truth: "As for God, His way is perfect" (II Samuel 22:31). The Great Coordinator, beyond comprehension in His capacity to work all things together for the glory of Christ and our benefit, shines forth from the Bible in pristine clarity regarding His heart. This we know, regardless of how little we may understand the ways of our Father's hand. We can trust His heart. Because no one has ever trusted in the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and been disappointed for doing so. And no one ever will…
"The Lord is good… The Lord is faithful… The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works."
(Psalm 100:5; II Thessalonians 3:3; Psalm 145:17)
"My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."
Weekly Memory Verse
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.