Recently I tried to cut some base molding to go around the flooring in a room as I was helping one of my sons. I am always glad to help but some people should not do some things—I am referring to myself.
There are skilled professionals in our church who could do that without a thought but not me. That is not a part of my skill set. So I tried looking it up online and looking at video clips. Then we finally started doing it. After finally figuring it out enough to do it, it still took what seemed like an eternity because we would measure, cut, remeasure, recut, etc. We finally finished the project…and yet, if I had to do it again I think I would still be confused.
It just isn’t something I know how to do! As they say, “next time, hire a professional.” [Note: having any perfectionistic tendencies does not speed up the process!!!]
For me, I did it but a lot of it does not make sense. In fact, most things in this world do not make sense to us. I have heard more than one person ask a question similar to , “What is going on in this world?” They are referring to the hurricanes, the fires, the shootings, the unrest in our nation and all throughout the world.
We do have a hard time making sense of those things. But it is just as true in the everyday things of our lives. Most of us have thoughts in which we are left scratching our heads and not really getting satisfactory answers.
As believers we do have answers. Often though they are not satisfactory to unbelievers we talk with, to other believers and even to ourselves. So much of life does not make sense.
I heard it asked, “Has it ever occurred to you that nothing ever occurred to God?”
You might have to read that again. I have thought through that question so many times. And it is part of the answer when things do not make sense.
As you think about that question you will necessarily reflect on the wisdom and knowledge of God. In fact, you have to consider almost every attribute of God to answer that question. However, let us consider a few ( a very few of the many) passages in Scripture that touch on this topic.
He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
1 Kings 8:39
Then hear in heaven your dwelling place and forgive and act and render to each whose heart you know, according to all his ways (for you, you only, know the hearts of all the children of mankind) . . .
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart fromyour Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
1 John 3:20
For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.
While the world might not accept what I have written here and would ask hundreds of cynical questions, this truth should stabilize our lives. It will produce rest, security and increase your love for the Lord.
YES! Nothing is random and nothing ever ‘occurred’ to God!!
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