12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? 13 Who has measured the Spirit of the LORD, or what man shows him his counsel? 14 Whom did he consult, and who made him understand? Who taught him the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding? 15 Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales; behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust. 16 Lebanon would not suffice for fuel, nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering. 17 All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness. – Isaiah 40:12-17
33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. – Romans 11:33-36
Who are we O God, that we would ever question your will in our lives, either for blessing or for harm and trial? You are the sovereign King. What is man that he thinks he can give you wisdom or counsel? You invented these things, they are yours from eternity past! Who are we God but desperate sinners that have rebelled against You? Who did You consult when You decided to create, when You decided to save Your people through the blood of Christ? Absolutely no one but Yourself. Who has greater wisdom than the Ancient of Days? We are so foolish Lord, and ruined before You in our sin. Who am I to question Your authoritative hand, that can bring peace or permit harm? You have your plan marked out so as to bring about the most glory for Yourself and the greatest good for those who love You. How mighty is Your name and power, made known to us through Your final word, Jesus Christ. We may not understand Your will Lord, but who are we to question the infinitely wise master who rules the nations and all creation by the power of His word? And so you say to Israel and all who question why You do what You do in blessing some and permitting awful trials for others:
27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God”? 28 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. 29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
And praise You God that we have this power fully revealed to us in Christ! What a magnificent work that through Your one and only Son, You would purchase those who through faith trust in You to remove their divine guilt and reconcile them to Yourself through the infinitely worthy and precious blood of Christ? O God, give us eyes to see and ears to hear You. We are blind, deaf, and dumb until You give us light that only comes from You and that cannot be mustered up within ourselves. O God turn our rebellion and questioning, defiant hearts from enmity with You to love and peace and reconciliation in Christ, through His perfect work in His life and on the cross. Turn away Your awful wrath that we have stored up for ourselves in our godless lives that live as if You don’t exist. Have mercy on us by granting us faith and repentance Lord. Enable me to believe the Gospel deeper Lord.
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