Last week we noted that in difficult times it is comforting to understand that God is sovereign – He knows what He is doing. I however, do not know what God is doing. That leads us to another fact that I don’t like to admit, but does comfort me:
Even if God explained Himself, I just wouldn’t comprehend it.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares 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.” (Isaiah 55:8–9, ESV)
God’s plans are beyond my knowing. But I can be certain that God’s purpose will be accomplished and fruitful. The LORD continues:
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10–11, ESV)
I’m too dense to understand God’s plans. Even if He explained Himself, I simply wouldn’t understand. So what are we to do?
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29, ESV)
God has revealed in the Bible my responsibilities as a believer. I need to concern myself with doing right as He has shown me in the scriptures and let Him handle the consequences. I take great comfort that God is responsible for seeing His plan (that I can’t comprehend) worked out. I’m not God, so I don’t need to try to manipulate and fret over how things are going to end up. By faith I simply do what is right according to the scriptures. Don’t fret over God’s responsibilities.
You cannot comprehend how God is working His plan. No matter how difficult your situation may be, do what is right and leave the consequences to God who will make them fruitful.
Further reading: James 1.2-4; 1 Pet. 1.3-9; Heb. 12.1-4;
David Harris is the Senior Pastor at Faith Baptist Church. A former programmer, in his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Kim and trying his hand at the illusive craft of smoking meat.