How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!Psalm 147:5 (NLT)
Have you ever met a toddler who loved to tell stories? I’ve had my fair share of connections with these tiny-tale-spinners. What generally starts out as an easy to follow story takes a turn somewhere and begins to wander all over the place. For example, the story may begin by talking about a trip to grandma’s house and then end up with her fighting off galactic unicorn space invaders who came to steal her pie. (It kinda sounds like a Hollywood blockbuster movie to me!) As the story is being spun, it becomes really hard to connect one piece to another. How did the child go from talking about grandma’s pies to unicorn space invaders? The answer is pretty simple. Their brains don’t work quite the same way that ours do at that stage in their life. So, what makes perfect sense to them sounds quite crazy to the rest of us. (On a side note, this isn’t just limited to little kids. I’ve met quite a few grown-ups that can tell some crazy stories.)
Of course, our brains function nowhere on the same level as that of our God. In fact, our verse today tells us, “How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!” In other words, sometimes the stuff that God is telling us sounds crazy. (OK, maybe not just sometime – most of the time.) We stop and try to figure out how all of the dots connect, but we seem to be missing a lot of dots. The story doesn’t make sense.
Unfortunately, this leads us to question God. Why is He asking me to do this thing? How did He create something out of nothing? Does He really forgive my sins, even if I keep screwing things up? Why did He let my dad die? And so many other questions.
But, if this Scripture is correct, and they all are, all the time, then we are not capable of understanding things on the same level as God. No one in the universe is! This is where trust comes in. Though we may not understand, we can comprehend that He always knows best what to do in all circumstances, all of the time, for each and every one of us.
So, today, and every day, don’t put your trust in your understanding. Put your trust in the one whose understanding is “beyond comprehension;” whose understanding is perfect.
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