“Look, be astounded, for I am doing a work in your days, a work that you would not believe even if one tells it to you.” Habakkuk 1:5; Acts 13:41
In Habakkuk 1, this refers to God’s intent to use wicked Babylon to punish wicked Assyria for punishing wicked Israel. His ways are mysterious and sovereign. In Acts 13, Paul is preaching to the church at Antioch, and urges them to take the freedom offered in Christ, both to receive His marvelous work at the cross and to beware His mysterious work of judgment. God is always at work, His oft-hidden sovereign hand moving the chess pieces and weaving the yarns of the tapestry together. He knows beginning from end, and all in between, and none of His purposes can be thwarted. (Job 42:2)
“I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring beginning from end and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purposes.’” Isaiah 46:9-10
He is the invisible director of every sunrise (Psalm 19:1-6; Isaiah 40:22), ruler of all nations and kingdoms and history (Acts 17:25-26) who superintends the seating and deposing and authority of presidents and kings (Proverbs 20:1; Romans 14:1), the potentate of time Who numbers our days (Job 14:5), the designer of every storm– “tilting the waterskins of heaven” (Job 38:37) and rebuking winds and sea (Matthew 8:26), the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).
Father, keep me astounded at You, and expectant for the marvelous work You are doing to accomplish Your good purposes. May my hope in You and Your plans awaken hope in others.