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"Works and Wonders"
Our memory verse this week speaks to our recalling the things God has done for which we have some understanding, and also the things for which we don't.
I will remember the works of the LORD. Surely I will remember Thy wonders of old (Psalm 77:11).
"Works" and "wonders." We can all look back on our lives and see the obvious involvement of God in blessings, challenges, and the ways in which things transpired. I recall telling the Lord after a particularly vivid realization of how He had worked in a particular matter, "Heavenly Father, sometimes You are so obvious it almost seems as if we don't have to live by faith!" I often wish I had kept a diary of such blessing. I haven't, but I am confident that the chronicle of God's gracious working is hidden in my heart.
Of course, we also look back on life with some real bewilderment. "Wow, what was the Lord up to in that?" Things sometimes happen that seem completely contrary to our understanding of what and how the Lord works. We may begin to see at least the framework of His purpose and actions. But some things may continue to boggle our minds regarding our Heavenly Father's working. We wondered then, and we may wonder now. "Why? How? What?" Such lingering inquiry provides much opportunity for faith. "Heavenly Father, I do not begin to understand Your ways in some things. But I trust Your heart and Your wisdom regarding Your determinations and allowances. "As for God, His way is perfect" (II Samuel 22:31).
It is a blessed thing when we can look back and clearly see God's working. However, our understanding of His ways are not necessary. Sometimes wonder, whether joyful or challenging, best suits our need to grow in our knowledge of the Lord and faith in His heart. We could not trust a God who we could fully understand. We need the mystery no less than the light. His infinite being makes that necessary, along with our desperate need for Someone so much greater than ourselves that we will forever rejoice in His works, even as we kneel before Him in wonder.
"I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Thy works; I muse on the work of Thy hands."
Weekly Memory Verse
I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember Thy wonders of old.