“‘To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?’ says the Holy One. Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.” Isaiah 40:25, 26
Last night, Lord, I thought about context, and how important it is in our walk with you. When we fall into troubles, if all we see is that trouble, we are disappointed, frustrated and discouraged.
But if we have the larger context of you and the fact that you have great and wide plans in the situation, then our response is couched in your perspective and can bring glory to you.
The larger context is this: You are the Great, Glorious, Gracious Creator of all, the Breather of stars, the Source of the solar system, the Spinner of the earth and Bringer of the Dawn. You are the Sovereign God: Almighty, All-knowing, All-loving.
When your creatures rebelled against your goodness, you, in your rich grace and fathomless love, entered this sinful world, suffered greatly, died painfully, rose powerfully and bought us decisively back from slavery to sin.
We deserved Hell, but instead you gave us Heaven. You chose us before the foundation of the world, in spite of the great cost to you.
You called us, you cleansed, forgave and transformed us. You equipped us and assigned us to special service wherein we are empowered to do what has eternal importance.
You gave us significance and security in yourself. You made us your beloved children. You delight in us, rejoice in us, cherish us.
Everything that comes to us is filtered through your love and power. You give us opportunities in our difficulties to glorify you by faith. You give us the opportunity to be weak so that your power may be seen in our lives.
As the world seems to be falling apart, we can trust you, for you are moving history to a conclusion and taking us with you. Keep our eyes on you today, Lord, that we may live in the supernatural joy and peace you offer us as we trust in you.