I praise You, my Savior, for quenching my spiritual thirst and visiting me with Your amazing grace.
Read Isaiah 45:1-25
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
We may not understand the ways of God, but we can trust him.
Cyrus, the ruler of Persia, did not know God (4). However, God’s aim in using Cyrus was that people would know who God is. He wanted Cyrus himself to have the opportunity of knowing God through his empowerment and support (3-5), and he wanted people from the whole world to understand his character (6-8).
In today’s world there is an assumption that those “who know” are the experts. Most of these so-called “experts” do not know or acknowledge God, but it is possible that, as with Cyrus, God is using them to help people understand more about himself through a better understanding of his world. Having said that, Isaiah is very clear that the only real expert, the only one who really understands the world, the only basis for morality is God.
And God’s purpose that all human beings, powerful and non-powerful, expert and non-expert, will know him has not changed. God was, is and always will be the Sovereign Lord. He remains the creating, providing, loving God he has always been and will always be. We do not “seek him in vain” (19).
Deciding that because we can’t understand what God is doing in the world, can’t see how some particular circumstance could possibly result in any good, can’t even recognize God’s presence at all means that he must have it wrong is, of course, complete foolishness. It is as ridiculous as a child saying to its parents, “I don’t like my hair; you should have used a different combination of genes when I was born!” Arguing with God about the things he seems to have allowed or even purposed leads only to grief. Recognizing and accepting that he really is the sovereign, righteous Deliverer leads to joy and peace.
Read this week’s news in a newspaper or website. Can you identify any evidence that God might be using a modern Cyrus to reveal himself to anyone willing to see?
Lord, forgive me for arguing with You. I thank You that, even when I’m struggling to understand and to hang on to You, You keep hanging on to me.
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