The Untraceable Yet Undeniable Ways of God

“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God!
How unsearchable His judgments and untraceable His ways!”     Romans 11:33

Greetings my fellow sojourners!  Aren’t we tremendously blessed to have DIVAs companions walking alongside us in this faith walk together!  You bless me!  I have attached several verses below that are well worth the trip to your Bible.  You will be blessed as you read them so please do not pass them up!

God gave the oceans their boundaries (Proverbs 8:29, Jeremiah 5:22, Job 38:11).  Have you at any time contemplated the veracity of that statement as you noticed the incredible expanse of the sea and the power it possesses?  Why does it halt at the sand and not flood the entire earth with its incredibly capable force?  Because…God gave the sea a boundary line.  This truth perpetually renders me speechless and amazed every time I get to behold the sea and all its wonder.  God is completely in control of His creation.  Not one created thing is more brilliant, more capable, more powerful, more intelligent than God.  No one.  God gave the ocean and boundary line and God also gave Satan a boundary.

So what about when events like tsunamis happen?  When giant waves caused by earthquakes or volcanic eruptions under the sea pass over the boundary God gave them?  This event can cause inland flooding by a thousand feet (300 meters) or more.  Entire beaches have even been stripped away by tsunamis.  Does this indicate an event outside of God’s control or out of His grasp?  Hardly.  When things seem to occur that appear to be out of sink with what God originally ordained we might me tempted to wonder if God is possibly ‘not in control’ of that crisis.  I read something recently along these lines regarding forest fires.  I find it utterly fascinating that forest fires are a healthy and necessary way for the forest (trees as well as animals living there) to maintain themselves.  Recently, we were hoping to visit the Okefenokee swamp but were unable to do so because of an enormous fire caused by a lightning strike.

We often think it a travesty when we hear of forest fires but if God created the forest to require natural burning in order to maintain the ecosystem,  who are we to call it a tragedy?   First of all, these fires turn dead trees and decaying plant matter to ash which then allows the nutrients to return to the soil instead of remaining captive in old vegetation.  Secondly, even rodents are caused to run out of the burning area and are then eaten by predators which ultimately helps to keep the rodent population in check.   Thirdly, some species of trees and plants are dependent on fire and must endure a fire every 3-25 years in order for life to continue.  Many forests struggle against diseases such as pitch canker and bark beetle infestations.  Fires often kill these pests and help keep the forest healthy.  In addition, when fire removes thick bands of shrubs, the water supply is increased because fewer plants are absorbing water.  Therefore, streams become fuller and thus benefiting other types of plants and animals.   So what about when a tsunami-like crisis hits our lives?  Do we know that God also gave Satan a boundary concerning us?  (Job 1:12, 2:6, Luke 22:31)

Do we think God allows trials in our lives that may seem harsh? (John15:2, Zechariah 13:9, Jeremiah 9:7, 1 Peter 1:7, Isaiah 48:10) Are we distraught when we realize God desires for us to hold our feet to the fire so that we become pliable for shaping?  Do we need to maybe allow the heat from God’s purifying flames to chase out what does not belong in our ‘temple’?  (1 Corinthians 3:16)  We must remember that God is for our good at all times and because we do not see all ends nor do we understand all situations we must suffer trials so that we ultimatley do not become content with the status quo.

Many times we can extract examples from nature and therefore understand spiritual applications in our own lives.  Can you see from these two examples how deep and rich God’s wisdom and knowledge is concerning nature?   On the surface, we may at times question what we hear and think and wonder, ‘how can that be’?  Even more so in our own lives, we are apt to look at our circumstances from purely a surface perspective because we do not have the willingness or maybe even the ability to see the depth of the purpose of the trial.  Are we willing to accept that His judgments are unsearchable and His ways untraceable?  I find it fascinating to think that try as we might we will not be able to trace out God’s ways and purposes. Do you trust Him enough in your own life that even if you do not understand your circumstance fully that He has an ultimate plan that is beyond your understanding?  Let’s both agree to trust God completely, even if we do not understand.

In His grace,

Amanda

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