When we cannot trace his hand

As we continually tweak (or renovate) the trajectory of our lives, we need reminders that God is in charge and that he knows what he’s doing.

If we forget, we tend to panic, over-function, stress out (or fizzle out) and try to play God. And that never turns out very well.

Here’s a corrective.

After much suffering and thinking, Job said these honest and truthful words to and about God: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).

Yes. God can do all things. His purpose cannot be thwarted.

Even if you have bad days.
Even if failure feels like a broken record.
Even if you can’t think your way out of yet another jam.
Even if you see no path forward that is better than the one you’re currently on.

We humans tend to wrongly conclude that if we can’t see the solution to something, then God probably can’t either, and that if the answer to a difficult problem isn’t quickly available, then God must also be scratching his head.

We do well to remember God’s words in Isaiah 55:8: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.”

Your limitations are your limitations, not God’s.

The great preacher Charles Spurgeon said it well: “God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace his hand, we must trust his heart.”*


–*As quoted in: John C. Lennox, Where is God in a Coronavirus World? (The Good Book Company, 2020), 62.

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