The Light of Life. pg. 25

Humility bows to God’s mysteries.

“You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in your book?” (Psalm 56:8)

Ponder the mysteries of God as you will. Share your thoughts with those who are searching like you. I am sure God doesn’t mind. Other believers are doing the same, but they have come to different conclusions. Does prophecy come to mind? How about baptisms, sabbaths, feast days, the dos and the don’ts? Even salvation is debated. Some would say, “God has already determined who will be saved.” Others say, “God gives man a choice.”  Of this there can be certainty, we are not a mystery to God.

“Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:4-5)  God “knew” Jeremiah before his conception, and sovereignly set him apart for a Devine task. Samson (Judges 16:17), David (Psalm 22:10), Isaiah (Isaiah 49:1-5), John the Baptist (Luke 1:15) and Paul (Galatians 1:15) are other examples of God’s foreknowledge and sovereignty over the lives of men.

Is it not the same for us? Was there ever anything about us that has been a mystery to our Creator? He knew who would come when enabled to hear the gospel of His Son. God knew who would receive His gift of faith. And like the anointed saints before us, the good works of our lives have been ordained.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that salvation not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)

Father, it is not for us to question your reasons, or assume all knowledge of Your thoughts and Your ways. It is enough for us to know that You called and we came. We are Your new creation meant to serve You in ways of Your choosing. This mystery You have made known. In faith we can enter your rest knowing we are in Jesus’ hands. We are being created to worship and to serve You in ways You have already prepared. Empress upon our hearts and minds the fact that You are our God. What a blessing to be Your people. Thank You.

“In God whose word I praise, In the LORD, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?”  (Psalm 56:10-11)