The All Wise Father

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In her book “The Hiding Place”, Corrie ten Boom tells the story of how her father taught her something vitally important about God when she was a young girl. They were traveling by train and seated next to him in their train compartment, she suddenly asked about a phrase she had read in a poem she had stumbled upon.

I suddenly asked, “Father, what is sex sin?”

He turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but to my surprise, he said nothing. At last he stood up, lifted his traveling case from the rack over our heads, and set it on the floor.

“Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?” he asked.

I stood up and tugged at it. It was crammed with watches and spare parts he had purchased that morning.

“It’s too heavy,” I said.

“Yes,” he said. “And it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It’s the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger, you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you.”

And I was satisfied – wonderfully at peace. There were answers to this and all my hard questions; for now, I was content to leave them in my father’s keeping.

Corrie’s story is a wonderful picture of our heavenly Father. As His children are we content to leave all the things we don’t understand in our His care? Or do we as rebellious children ask, “Why”? Do we complain and stamp our feet (this is me, I’m afraid, at times) when things don’t go the way we think they should? Have you ever wished He would just write what He had in mind on the wall? Have you thought, if I just knew where I would be in five years, I could plan for it?

We are children – God’s children and He is omniscient and all wise and knows there is certain knowledge we are not capable of carrying. Wisely, He doesn’t let us in on what tomorrow might bring.

Isaiah 48:17 says, “Thus says the Lord,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you to profit,
who leads you in the way you should go.

Let that satisfy us. Seek to rest and commit all things to your loving heavenly Father’s care. The things you don’t understand. The events that make no sense. The situations that seemingly have no solution. Lay then all down at the Cross.

Be Careful, Be Firm, Stand!

I love the words God spoke through Isaiah to Ahaz in Isaiah 7 when Judah was threaten with a seemingly unwinnable war.

First, he told him to “Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint …”
Good words in any situation, but especially when the world seems to be falling in on you. When things are not going as you planned, hoped, wished, prayed for.

Then Isaiah says a hard truth, which I see worked out in my life more times than I care to remember. “If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all.”

When I am not standing firm in faith and firm in grace as Peter calls us to in ! Peter 5, then everything I think and do is shaky, unstable, unproductive, sin.

Firm according to Webster means: (1) securely or solidly fixed in place (2) not weak or uncertain.
So, what do I do when I am not fixed in my faith, or it is weak, uncertain faith?

In the grace I stand in, I “cast all my anxieties on Jesus, because He cares for me” (I Peter 5: 7). I “lay aside” or “stripe off” every anxiety that weighs me down and every sin they cause me (Hebrews 12:1 -2) by casting them on Jesus and I look to Him, the “founder and perfecter of our faith”.

In this way, I like Ahaz can be careful, be quiet, not fear and not let my heart be faint.

March on. Fight the good fight of faith. Stand firm.