Cloudbows and other Conundrums

“There was a day when… there came a messenger to Job and said, ‘The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding.., and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.’ Another said, ‘The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you…’ Another said, ‘The Chaldeans… [raided] the camels and took them and struck down the servants.., and I alone have escaped to tell you…’ Another said, ‘Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking in their oldest brother’s house, and a great wind came… and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”

“Then Job arose, tore his robe, shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. He said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’ In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.” Job 1:13-22

“Three things are too wonderful for me;
    four I do not understand:
the way of an eagle in the sky,
    the way of a serpent on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
    and the way of a man with a virgin.” Proverbs 30:18-19

There are things that make little sense to the human mind that only God can do, and He delights to show them off so we marvel at His glory. Some are acts in nature, His heavens or flora or creatures magnificently displaying inexplicable wonders. Who else could design symmetrical painted petals to open in sun’s warmth, or arc a cloudbow before a storm? Some are His handiwork in man, divinely inspired responses and emotions contrary to our fallen nature. How else can we worship in the deepest of pain and loss? How else forgive the unthinkable, and persevere to redeem it? How else can we love the unlovable and the enemy? (Psalm 19:1; Matthew 5:44)

We do not know why He saves the vilest of sinners, or how the Lord works the supernatural within His children. But we do know that He does. It is God’s nature to astound. It is God’s nature to redeem. It is God’s nature to transform, to upend, to convert. He descends to the heavens, He makes rough places smooth, He raises the lowly, He gives families to the barren, He loves the rebel stranger. He upholds and moves and covers the sun at His pleasure. Who is like Him? There is none! (2 Kings 20:8-11; Psalm 113:5-9; Isaiah 40:4-5; Matthew 27:45; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:17,21-22)

We also know His commands are not burdensome, His supply always enough, His grace sufficient, and His strength perfected in our weakness. When He confounds us by His inimitable ways, He still reigns in orderly perfection and goodness. (2 Corinthians 12:9; Philippians 4:19; 1 John 5:3)

What confusion or chaos befuddles me today? Am I quick to make judgment, or dismiss as impossible or unsustainable, or will I place it in the Almighty’s hands and care?

Lord, for every conundrum that occurs, may I praise and trust You implicitly. You alone reign.

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