Bible Ballistics: Vol. 15 No. 21 God Always Knows???
“But he knoweth the way that I take:
when he hath tried me,
I shall come forth as gold.
11 My foot hath held his steps,
his way have I kept,
and not declined.
12 Neither have I gone back
from the commandment of his lips;
I have esteemed the words of his mouth
more than my necessary food.” Job 23:10-12
HE knows…. What an amazing truth on which I stand and take great comfort. It has been a difficult day, and the comfort in my soul knowing that God has not only me in His hands, but those whom I love dearly. Just as Job, in the midst of trials—trials that were allowed by his God—Job knew that God was in charge! And with Job, I proclaim as he did:
“Though he slay me,
yet will I trust in him:
but I will maintain mine own ways
before him.” Job 13:15
We all make choices—choices to trust God or not. To believe in Him or not; to trust God or the world and its lies instead! Yet through all of the grief and sorrow of these recent months (after the loss of my daughter) my confidence is not in my own strength, but in the solace and comfort that God continues to supply! God’s comfort is the strength of my heart, soul and mind, and I thank Him for the many reminders of His presence and His provision.
While I have good days and difficult days, God is ever at work to remind me of His faithfulness. I have noticed that it has made me more sensitive to the losses and trials of those around me, and I have to say I am grateful when the tears come, whether for myself or in prayer for those I love and care for. I am so grateful that God knows where I am and where those are whom I love and pray for; and while there is much suffering and many trials for the faithful going on around us, we can take comfort with the Psalmist that our God knows. Let’s peruse the insight that David shares in Psalm 139.
“O LORD, thou hast searched me,
and known me.
2 Thou knowest my downsitting
and mine uprising,
thou understandest my thought
3 Thou compassest my path
and my lying down,
and art acquainted
with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word in my tongue,
but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
5 Thou hast beset me
and laid thine hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high,
I cannot attain unto it.” Psalm 139:1-6
David reminds us that God is–as he said elsewhere— “a very present help in trouble”! I am so glad that I am not alone, that God knows not only what I have been through, but what I face today and even tomorrow. Praise God, I know “who holds tomorrow”—and today, and the yesterdays that I have entrusted to His healing grace!
“Whither shall I go from thy spirit?
or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven,
thou art there:
if I make my bed in hell,
behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning,
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me,
and thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me;
even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness
hideth not from thee;
but the night shineth
as the day:
the darkness and the light
are both alike to thee.
13 For thou hast possessed my reins:
thou hast covered me
in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:7-13
David so clearly reveals to us his unwavering faith in the true nature of God Almighty, The One who not only knows our past, but our present and our future; and He is ever the sovereign God over all—the good, the bad and the unpleasant. He is sufficient to our every need.
“But my God shall supply all your need
according to his riches in glory
by Christ Jesus.
20 Now unto God and our Father
be glory for ever
and ever. Amen.” Philippians 4:19-20
David gives us even more insight as we continue with Psalm 139:
“I will praise thee;
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
marvellous are thy works;
and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from thee,
when I was made in secret,
and curiously wrought
in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance,
yet being unperfect;
and in thy book
all my members were written,
which in continuance were fashioned,
when as yet
there was none of them.
17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me,
how great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them,
they are more in number than the sand:
when I awake,
I am still with thee.” Psalm 139:14-18
You/I are truly “fearfully and wonderfully made” by this amazing God of Gods, and King of Kings. I pray that you will join me and rejoice in the glory of our sovereign Lord of all. He can be trusted, and as David said, “marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well”! I hope you know this God who loves you and me, and that you will find comfort and peace in His presence! He loves you more than you can imagine.
“But as it is written,
Eye hath not seen,
nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God hath prepared
that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
Will you love HIM? He loves you enough to die for YOU! And HIS comfort is unparalleled!
“Blessed be God,
even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies,
and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us
in all our tribulation,
that we may be able to comfort them
which are in any trouble,
by the comfort
wherewith we ourselves
are comforted of God.
5 For as the sufferings of Christ
abound in us,
so our consolation
also aboundeth by Christ.” 2 Corinthians 2:3-5
May I simply say, as God comforts me, He enables me to help bring comfort to you and others, so that we can share HIS comfort with those He brings across our path! Won’t you receive of His consolation and pass it on!
“For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish,
but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Amen and Amen!!!