Day 3: God Knows Best
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?”
Romans 11:33-34 NIV
During the season in my life when I wrestled with severe anxiety and fear (a season He used to reveal the depths of my unbelief) I began to learn to trust God for who He is and that He had my good at heart. Even when I was close to panic.
The key to trusting Him was belief in His Word, specifically Psalm 23. I committed this psalm to memory. I prayed it in the dentist chair, on walks in the neighborhood, driving over bridges, filling up the car with gas, driving long distances, taking medicine… everywhere… every time… anxiety began to take hold…
As I prayed His Word and acted in faith, I began to trust Him with whatever came into my life.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 23:1 ESV
God is creator, everywhere, knows all things. He is large and in charge. I’ve sort of always understood this. What I seem to have more trouble with is His unlimited forgiveness. The funny thing about it. There is no question in my mind whether God forgives you no matter the sin. What I question is… Does He forgive me? It wasn’t really until the last few years I came to understand this part of myself. For so long, I just figured at some point, probably when I was standing before Him, I wouldn’t have done enough or somehow sinned too much. It’s pride really… believing your sin is greater than Jesus’ work on the cross. And it is more than pride… it’s not trusting who He is.
Jesus is forgiveness in flesh and bones. If I couldn’t trust this one fact, then all this believing stuff is for nothing. This is the miraculous work He is doing in me even today. Teaching me to trust his infinite capacity to forgive.
An individual’s abilities are important when considering whether we will place our trust in them. They need to be able to do what they promise. What about God? According to Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
God’s abilities are beyond our comprehension:
- He created the universe and everything in it from nothing. At His command, He created a miracle of universal proportions. Psalm 148 calls on all creation (heavens, angels, sun, moon, stars, earth, sea creatures, weather, mountains, hills, trees, all land creatures, kings, princes, rulers, young men and maidens, old men and children) to praise the Lord for His ability to create.
Let them praise the name of the Lord, for he commanded and they were created. —Psalm 148:5 NIV
- God is omniscient, He knows everything, from before creation to the end.
Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge!
—Romans 11:33 NLT
- God is omnipresent, He is everywhere, all the time.
Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord. — Jeremiah 23:24 ESV
- God is sovereign over all things. He is the one and only, almighty, final authority over everything that happens everywhere.
The Lord does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths. —Psalm 135:6 NIV
- God has an infinite capacity to forgive.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. —Psalm 103:8-12 ESV
Understanding His supernatural abilities with our finite minds is impossible. Should we trust Him with these awesome powers? He possesses the wisdom and knowledge to use His abilities perfectly in every situation. And based on His essentially good character, we should consider Him trustworthy. But do we?
Realizing God knows best and possesses the abilities to back up what He says, is an important step in choosing to trust Him. He sees things from a totally different perspective. His timeless knowledge and perfect wisdom are well outside our capacity to understand. God says He created everything for a purpose, He knows all things, He is everywhere, He is ruler over all, and there is nothing you can do that can’t be forgiven in Christ’s name. Jeremiah sums it up best:
“Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” —Jeremiah 32:17 (emphasis added)
Rest assured sister, nothing is too hard for the God we serve and whatever He allows is for the best.
Talk It Over
Talk it over with yourself:
Do you ever expect too much of your own abilities? in what way?
How are you at accepting your limitations?
Name one limitation you wish you didn’t have?
Talk it over with God:
Ask God to help you trust Him more than you trust yourself.
God is not a man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. He has said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
Numbers 23:19 ESV
Exercise Your Faith
Consider two areas in your life where you find yourself trusting God more and more.
Give thanks to God for building your trust in these areas and knowing what’s best.
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