That Men May See and Know

When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys. I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive. I will set in the desert the cypress, the plane and the pine together, that they may see and know, may consider and understand together,
that the hand of the Lord has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.” Isaiah 41:17-20

Our God is a wonder-working God. He performs what to us is impossible, and He sets up His works in such a way that all who see with honest eyes will know that He has done them. Why do we resist the challenging, the painful, the impasses of life when we know it is in these tangly, dark, impossible places that Mighty God’s hand is most clearly seen?

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One marvelous aspect of God’s great work is His intention. He does not swagger around as men might, boasting look at Me; He is not puffed up wanting credit for credit’s sake. Rather, He is always displaying and offering His vast love in the Person He is, opening His arms for the relationship He longs to have with us. He shows up in the driest deserts and leanest droughts, the heights of fear and depths of sorrow, to display His measureless compassion, His all-knowing ears that hear our cries, His gift of living water that assuages every thirst, His bread of life the satisfies unlike any other food. He bids us come and eat, drink, rest, be satisfied, be comforted. He exhibits His majesty in the splendor He creates, calling us to consider and understand His unifying love in the growing of different trees together to sing one praise. Wonderful His hand! (Matthew 11:28; John 4:14; 6:32-35)

His design is intentional not only in His miraculous provision, but in His including us in His process of giving. He parches the tongue and designs the wilderness so we cry. He brings us to the point of need, of saying this is impossible apart from You. And when we acknowledge that we are not enough, that our efforts are not sufficient, He answers our requests so we see His personal and specific acts. His promise not to forsake presupposes an inextricable connection that cannot be broken. He is ours and we are His, never to part. (Song of Solomon 2:16)

Father, as hard as it is, I thank You for the deep, dark, and dry places into which You have lovingly led me. Please keep me considering You in every one. Give me eyes of faith and understanding of Your ways, that I may see Your creative majesty and power, and know You better. In knowing You, may I give You all the honor and glory You deserve.

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