“His understanding is infinite!” Psalm 147:5
How baffling often are God’s dispensations! The more we attempt to fathom their mystery — the more we are driven to rest in the best earthly solution, “Your judgments are a great deep!” But where sense says, “All these things are against me!” — faith has a different verdict, “All things are working together for my good!” This is the province of faith, confidingly to lean on the arm of God, and to say, “The Lord is righteous in all His ways.”
We speak of God “foreseeing,” but the past, present, and future — are with Him all alike. He sees the end from the beginning. We can discern but a short way, and that, through an imperfect and distorted medium. In a piece of earthly mechanism we seldom can discover beauty in the uncompleted structure. The mightiest works of science, while in progress — often appear a chaos of confusion. It is only when finished that we can admire the relation and adjustment of every part to the whole. So also with the mechanism of God’s moral administration. At present, how much mystery! But, when in the light of eternity we come to contemplate the completion of the mighty plan, how shall we be brought to own and exclaim, “The works of the Lord are right!”
Believer, are the dealings of your God at present displaying a mysterious aspect to you? Are you about to enter some dark cloud, exclaiming, “Truly, You are a God that hides Yourself?” Do you “fear to enter the cloud?” Take courage! It will be with you as with the disciples on their Mount of Transfiguration; unexpected glimpses of heavenly glory — unlooked-for tokens of the Savior’s presence and love await you! If your Lord leads you into the cloud — follow Him. If He “constrains you to get into the ship,” — obey Him. The cloud will burst in blessings. The ship will conduct you (it may be over a stormy sea) to a quiet haven at last. It is only the surface of the ocean that is rough. All beneath is a deep calm; and in every threatening wave there is a “needs-be!”
Oh! trust Him, who is emphatically “The Wisdom of God.” He is your Counselor — combining the infinite knowledge of God with the experience and sympathy of man. He is pledged to use the discipline most wisely suited for each believer’s case.
Under the blessed persuasion, that a day of disclosures is at hand, when, “in Your light, I shall see light,” I will trust the divine wisdom which I cannot fathom; and repeat, as the shadows of evening gather around me, until the night of earth’s ignorance vanishes before the breaking of an eternal day, “I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, O Lord, make me live in safety!” Psalm 4:8