Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom. (Isaiah 40:28)
So much of the Christian life is unexplainable. We know God is present, and we know God is working for our ultimate good; yet, more often than not, we are unable to explain the “Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How” He is doing it.
Does this thought resonate with you today, right where this finds you? Well, I have a word of great encouragement for you, so read on!
Often, when we look to God for help, we are looking for the wrong God. We are looking for the God we want, rather than the God who is—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Perhaps our frequent misconception of God might best be described as looking for a genie in a bottle, rather than the sovereign Lord of all the universe. Our God will not fit into any box we have devised for Him. He does things in His way and in His time. He accomplished His purposes and plans for our lives, not ours. He may or may not give us something we want, but He always gives us everything we need.
God is God, and we are not. God will be God the way He wants to be God . . . and we don’t get a vote! Throughout sacred Scripture we see just how “unfathomable” our God truly is. God sent Moses back into Egypt with his brother Aaron and a staff in his hand to free God’s people from bondage. Moses thought God’s plan was absurd and wanted no part in it. He argued against it and finally asked God to send someone else. He simply could not fathom how God could use a mere man like him to free the people of Israel from more than 400 years of slavery in Egypt. But He did, and you know the rest of the story.
God sent the shepherd boy David to battle against the giant Goliath. Most people would expect to see God sending out King Saul, who was “an impressive young man without equal among the Israelites — a head taller than any of the others” (1 Samuel 9:2), or perhaps one of Saul’s mighty men of war, but God chose the youngest son of Jesse, who had never been to war, to go out and slay the Philistine giant. Wearing no helmet or armor, armed only with the power of God and five smooth stones and a sling, David did just that.
David’s older siblings thought it was unfathomable that God would use their kid brother to rid Israel of this blaspheming giant, but He did! Over and over again, we find one unfathomable story after another in Scripture, where God does things His way and in His timing.
His Word to us today is to simply follow Him wherever He leads, whether it makes sense to us or not. God does not need to explain Himself to us nor explain His ways. We just need to trust in Him enough to follow, especially when where He is leading makes no sense to us at all.
So . . . are you facing something that seems unfathomable today? Remember, you are not facing it alone. Advance confidently in the strength of your Savior, and you will become unstoppable in the face of the unfathomable, to the praise and glory of His mighty name.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!