Thursday, July 4, 2013

The God of all things

In the path of your judgments, O LORD, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul. 

Isaiah 26:8

The strong yearning to see God is the desire of every worshiping soul. It is the motivation for this song in which Isaiah calls a nation that is waiting for an decreed inevitable judgment to come from God to WORSHIP the God that will judge them... even as they stand in the path of that judgment. God is great in judgment just as well as in blessing.

It is wrong of us to think of God as only capable of being good if He gives us all that we want. He is good at all times... especially when we suffer. He is good when His Law painfully confronts our sin. He is good when His Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. He is good when His judgments comes to those who will not repent. He is good when His grace falls on those who do repent. He brings justice through His hand and often uses people to both heal and reprimand the sinning heart. He is the God of all things.

He is good even in the wrestling we have with the curse on sin. He is merciful to provide perspective on childhood illness, on accidents, on tragic catastrophes, on acts of human violence, on untreatable pain, even on death and destruction. He is never absent from us. His name and rememberance should always be our desire.

O God of all things,

Forgive me when my sinful heart wants you only to be the God of Christmas morning, and not the God of the funeral service. Help me to trust your hand and your love in ALL things... great joys and grieving pains.


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