Psalm 139 is one of my favorite books in the Bible. Because this is not a perfect life we lead, this book brings comfort, especially during the chaos and confusion that we lived through in 2020, and, let’s be honest, the new chaos and confusion that will follow. We live in a fallen world as I have mentioned before.
When I read this morning’s devotional, I spent a little time reflecting on the things I read. The first line didn’t grab my attention as much as the last three days did, but the lines in the devotional itself, is a different story all together.
After telling of a family crisis Paul David Tripp had gone through, he said this; “I held onto the thought that our lives were not out of control”. That is Psalm 139. God is never caught off guard no matter what you are going through. He is not afraid nor is He wondering how it will all turn out. From the very beginning, He knows. He will never be found scrambling around trying to work out your situation. Daniel 2:22 says He knows what’s in the darkness, and light dwells with Him”. He is in the thing, no matter what it is. No matter how dark it seems…He is there.
Mysteries are only mysterious if you don’t know what lies ahead. I serve a God who is already in the future. He is not limited by time or space. This thing that you are facing, He is there waiting for you to get through it…AND He is in it with you. That is the greatest mystery of all, to me anyway. It is beyond the limits of our human thought process. He can be, and in fact IS in ALL places at ALL times, and that includes your future.
So take heart today, my friend, no matter what it is you are going through, no matter how dark and mysterious it appears, He is light, He is here with you, and He is at the end of the tunnel, waiting for you. This is not too hard for God, though the pain may be unbearable to you. This life event has not caught Him unaware. He is not worried about what will happen to you or those you love. And in this unpredictable and imperfect life that we live, that is the greatest gift of all.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6.
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