“Thus says the LORD who made the earth…:Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. —Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?”
From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him—these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit…For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.
And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are—The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
…remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, …that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe…
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding—If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
Jer.33:2-3 ESV; Rom. 11:33-34 ESV; Is.64:4 ESV; I Cor.2:10-12 ESV; Gen 41:38-39 ESV; I Cor.2:14 ESV; Eph 1:16-19 ESV; Prov. 3:5 ESV; James 1:5 ESV
I lack wisdom. The way is not clear. Rearing children to adulthood was one thing. Tending parents in their return to dependency is another. The twos and the eighties are challenging years. My puzzled mind wakes me at night weighing factors, pointing alternately to tidy solutions and then to their infeasibility. Guilt, Fear and the Turmoil of conflicting voices and multiple allegiances wrestle with my sleep-fogged brain. I want to do what’s right. I also want to please…everyone! What course does Love dictate? These things are not clear.
Joseph’s story, and Jeremiah’s, encourage my heart that God knows the things hidden from my understanding and He can be relied on to convey the truth I need in order to navigate these unfamiliar waters. He can show me what to do and when and how. He can enable me to wait in faith, to lay me down and sleep in confidence that He is in control and His direction never too early or too late. As pressure builds to “DO SOMETHING!” I can trust Him to make a way in perfect timing. I do not want to run ahead driven by guilt and anxiety or lag behind in timid fear.
Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long…Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you…Ps.25:4,5,20 ESV
I’m grateful for the Word of God, the Spirit of God and the People of God.
Thank you for your prayers as God directs.