“It is easy to believe that God is more powerful than us,” said Martin Luther*, “it is much harder to believe that He is wiser.”
Since hearing this quote on Sunday, it has come to mind multiple times. Of course I believe that God is more powerful than I am. I witness His power in the grandeur of golden sunsets, the majesty of mountains, the beauty of a newborn. It is evident everywhere I turn.
Creation also declares His wisdom.
But even though I mentally assent to God’s wisdom , it is harder for me to really believe in it when it comes to the details of my life. Do you struggle with this too?
- Do you want to grab the pen and write the next chapters in your life, rather than trust His wisdom?
- Do you doubt the wisdom of His plan as it unfolds?
- Do you doubt God’s commands and think another way would be wiser?
Our family has been playing the waiting game for months now. We are quickly approaching the date our lease expires but are still waiting for answers about jobs. Even the state we will live in is still uncertain.
If God would have let me decide, we would have had this planned out months ago. He didn’t.
I don’t like waiting. (Who does?!)
Few of us would choose the trials God has chosen to weave into our lives. But He IS wiser. His wisdom holds the universe in balance. His wisdom wrote the pages of History. And His wisdom writes the pages of our lives.
As Corrie ten Boom so beautifully put it,
“My life is but a weaving
between my Lord and me,
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.
Oftimes he weaveth sorrow,
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I, the underside.
Not till the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern he has planned.”
Someday we’ll understand.
For now it is enough to trust that God, in His wisdom, weaves the tapestry of our stories. It is enough to rest in the knowledge that He is more powerful and more wise than we are.
*Quote paraphrased from Sunday’s sermon. I cannot find the original!