Thursday, October 11, 2018

"His Hand, His Heart"

"His Hand, His Heart"


     Of God and His working in our lives, so much occurs behind the scenes, beyond our vision, and apart from our understanding.  Of God and His wisdom, however, we can always be sure of His perfection, believe in His faithfulness, and grow more and more confident in His devotion to our well being.

    "The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law" (Deuteronomy 29:29).

    In simple terms, we do not always comprehend the hand of our Lord, or the "secret things" of how He works in our lives.  But we can always trust His heartthat is, God's perfect and loving devotion to His trusting children in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Mystery indeed abounds regarding the whys and wherefores of the Lord's working in our hearts and lives.  He often does not reveal His reasons and methods.  We would not understand even if He did.  Secret things.  Conversely, the Bible is filled with the revelation of God's perfect dedication to our eternal best interests.  There is no secret to His motivations of love, grace, and our eternal best interests.  "Those things which are revealed."

    The life of faith most involves our increasing  confidence and understanding of who God is.  "Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18).  Certainly we learn more of His methods as we walk with our Lord in His Word, by His Spirit, and with fellow believers in the Lord Jesus.  Still, He will surprise, bewilder, and even disturb us at times by "His ways past finding out" (Romans 11:33).  Often in the Psalms, David cried out "Why?" or "How long?"  (Psalm 44:23; 35:17).  The Bible does not record any answers from God to His servant's inquiries.  Like we ourselves, David had to trust God's heart when He could not understand His hand.  This constitutes our present life with, by, and through the Lord Jesus who Himself walked by faith during His earthly lifetime.  We must expect many occasions when we will be called to trust God when we cannot understanding His whys and wherefores.  Such secret things belong to Him.  The revelation of His perfect devotion, however, belongs to us, as revealed by the Bible and by His faithful working in our lives.  Yes, we can and we must trust His heart, even and especially in those times when we cannot understand His hand.

"By His light I walked through darkness."
(Job 29:3)
"Unto the upright, there ariseth light in the darkness.  He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous."
(Psalm 112:4)

Weekly Memory Verse
    "Come unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me.  For I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
(Matthew 11:28-30)

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