“Why do you seek the living among the dead?” Luke 24
“Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?” Judges 12-16
“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God,” Psalm 146
The human mind cannot fully grasp God. We misinterpret, misjudge, or miss Him altogether.
The disciples continued to grapple with the resurrection even while witnessing the truth of it. With our recent Easter celebration at the forefront of our thoughts, we can marvel at their initial ignorance of the earth shattering event they observed. Their minds must have raced non-stop those days after Christ’s death. Trying to make sense of it all, and just when they reached the precipice of hopelessness, He arose and all the loose ends came together. They reprocessed and gradually all of the prophecies, conversations, miracles, warnings, parables, and life lesson made sense.
Samson’s parents marveled at the heavenly visitor, oblivious to the fact that they spoke to the pre-incarnate Christ, His name too great for spoken words. The life of Samson has often baffled me. So self-focused (it seemed), and yet God used every act of vengeance and spite for his glory. Many details are difficult to grasp (harlots, weddings, lion killing, reckless displays of strength, murder, deception, misplaced trust), but God’s plan supersedes our own and often has a different agenda.
Our God is ever present with us, a friend to the fatherless, our protector, our vindicator, our salvation. We cannot out-praise His worth.
This week in church our pastor challenged us to stop holding on to our worries and to seek the heart of God. Set aside our agenda to drive hard after God’s. So many miss that. Even those trying to follow God’s commands (as the disciples and Samson seemed to be) often get hung up on their own goals and perspectives. God can use us regardless of our willingness, we just are the ones to miss out on the blessing.
My worries and thought-consuming issues set aside, God’s agenda tinting my vision.
Awesome God, I come humbly knowing that I have again yanked back my cares from where I laid them at your feet. I make a feeble attempt at obeying and surrendering, but keep worrying about the same old issues. Now I lay them down and willfully pick up Your agenda for the week ahead. Day one. Starting over. Thank you for your new mercies and the resurrected power that I can walk in each day. All for you, Lord Jesus, ~Amen