Astonished Beyond Measure

“Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, ‘Ephphatha,’ that is, ‘Be opened.’ And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, ‘He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.’” Mark 7:31-37

Imagine being a watcher and follower of Jesus, and bringing someone you love to Him for healing. You strain your head to watch His expression of mercy and His hands touching. You tune your ears to hear His words: a prayer?.. a demand… and suddenly your friend who could not hear or speak can do both! Your heart jumps, you gasp, astonished. How can it be?

Yet it can, and is! Jesus individually deals with each one for whom we pray, whom we bring before His throne, and He transforms lives. Yes! He does all things well! Not always in our time, or our prescribed or thought-best way, but divinely well!

“Look, you scoffers,
    be astounded and perish;
for I am doing a work in your days,
    a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you.”
Acts 13:41

Oh, would we stop our unbelief, and marvel at His work! Would we stop our scoffing, complaining, whining, criticizing, demeaning of others, growling at those who disagree, and being disagreeable ourselves! Look to Him! Be astounded at the marvelous and intricate and infinite ways He orchestrates time and history, our communities and nations and world! Be quiet, and still. Watch the unfolding, trace His love and majesty, and let us allow our marveling to swell!

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” Romans 11:33

And when we cannot understand, or bear to wait longer, let us dive into Him. Let us dig into His character and explore His ways. Let us press on to discover the marvels of His grace, and wisdom, and goodness, and love. In all our deficiencies, our hustling to do and our fretting for things we cannot control, come to Jesus, be astonished, and worship.

“O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of his grace!

His love my heart has captive made,
His captive would I be,
For He was bound, and scourged and died,
My captive soul to free.

Hear him, ye deaf, his praise, ye dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Savior come,
And leap, ye lame, for joy.

My gracious Master and my God,
assist me to proclaim,
to spread through all the earth abroad
the honors of thy name.” ~Charles Wesley (1739)

Lord, keep me astonished at Your well doing of all things, and marveling at Your infinite greatness.

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