“Truly You are God, who hide Yourself, O God of Israel, the Savior!” Isaiah 45:15
“All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth.” Psalm 25:10
“The LORD of hosts, who is wonderful in counsel and excellent in guidance.” Isaiah 28:29
God is wonderful in all His doings, and His ways often are past finding out. But on the review of His dealings with us, we are compelled to acknowledge that even those which once seemed the severest were the fruit of mercy. Therefore, when things take such a turn that we are quite at our wit’s end and do not know which way to go, we may believe that the hand of the Lord is in it and that some good will arise out of it at last.
Such seasons may serve to remind us of the prediction, “He shall be called Wonderful,” and to encourage the expectation that He will show Himself to be our Counselor and Mighty God also. At first, everything may seem to be against us and go quite contrary — but at last, we shall see plainly that all the disappointments of our corrupt nature were intended to produce unspeakable advantage.
Though the ways of God are marvelous, they invite our study and win the admiration of the believer the longer they are contemplated. They are capable of an explanation that will demonstrate them to be worthy of our highest praise. Wait on the Lord in the darkest season, and light will soon spring up. It is sown for the righteous.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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