Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.
I sat down at my computer and started to write.
I wrote and wrote. I prayed before I started, I prayed while I was writing, I prayed when I was finished writing.
I then put all the writing together into one document. I formatted it so that it resembled a paperback book form and then uploaded it to my publisher.
What I got back didn’t look like what I sent! That is, the formatting became “changed” in a way that I didn’t intended. When text was supposed to be in the center of the line it rather was off to the right.
Fonts that I intended for some words didn’t come out looking like I intended at all.
So, after praying about it, I made changes and some more changes, then some more prayer and more changes.
Again, the formatting was not as I intended when I got the “proof” back from the publisher.
Finally, after four or five changes and a lot more prayer, the manuscript’s “proof” looked okay. It wasn’t as I originally intended, but it was “book like” and, I must admit, looked pretty good!
I didn’t understand why the changes happened in the first place, and I didn’t understand why the book couldn’t be formatted the way I originally intended. But the final set of changes worked and it was ready to go to print.
There’s a lot of things I don’t understand. For most of what I don’t understand, it is understandable that I don’t understand.
For instance, I don’t understand how the Apollo 11 space flight was able to get off the ground, travel the quarter of million miles to the moon, land safely, take off again and travel the quarter of a million miles back to earth and reenter the atmosphere and land with all three astronauts alive and well.
It is understandable that I don’t understand. I have trouble with rudimentary algebraic equations and Apollo 11 is literally rocket science!
But in the long run – and the short run, actually – it doesn’t matter if I understand or not. Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins did get to the moon and back safely. And I’m okay with that. More than okay, actually. The U.S. Space Program is awesome and I love reading about it and learning more about it and follow its developments closely – even though I don’t understand most of things about it!
I tend to have the same attitude about God.
I don’t understand nearly anything about God. I don’t understand how he created the universe just by speaking. I don’t understand how he constantly loves his people and continually forgives their sins and rescues them.
I definitely don’t understand how Jesus can love me so much that he was willing to become a lowly human being, live a perfect life even though it was filled with every imaginable (and, I’m sure, loads of unimaginable) temptations, and died a horrifically painful death, all to save me from sin, death, and the power of the devil.
I don’t understand how Jesus’ resurrection from the dead means that I, too, will rise from the grave one day.
And I don’t understand what it will be like to go to heaven and live eternally.
But it doesn’t matter that I don’t understand!
I believe that God knows what he’s doing. He is the Creator and sustainer of the universe, after all.
And he tells me in his Word that my understanding all of this is not needed. All I need is faith.
And he gives me that through the Holy Spirit working in the Means of Grace.
Understanding isn’t needed.
All I need is faith.
That much I can understand!
Heavenly Father, thank you for creating me and loving me and saving me from my sins. I don’t understand that kind of love and power, but I am so grateful that understanding isn’t required, just faith is; through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
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