GOD’S HID­DEN HAND

Palawan Daily News - - Opinion - Bill Crow­der

Read: Psalm 139:13–18

Bi­ble in a Year: Daniel 5–7; 2 John

My friend was adopted by a mis­sion­ary cou­ple from the United States and grew up in Ghana. Af­ter his fam­ily moved back to the US, he be­gan col­lege but had to drop out. Later, he signed on with the mil­i­tary, which even­tu­ally helped him pay for col­lege and took him all over the world. Through it all, God was at work, pre­par­ing him for a spe­cial role. To­day, he writes and ed­its Chris­tian lit­er­a­ture that min­is­ters to an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence.

His wife also has an in­ter­est­ing story. She failed her chem­istry ex­ams dur­ing her first year of col­lege due to the strong med­i­ca­tion she had to take for epilepsy. Af­ter some care­ful de­lib­er­a­tion, she switched from study­ing science to study­ing Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage, which had a more man­age­able work­load. Re­flect­ing on that ex­pe­ri­ence, she says, “God was redi­rect­ing my life for a greater pur­pose.” To­day, she is mak­ing His life-chang­ing Word ac­ces­si­ble to the hear­ing-im­paired.

Do you some­times won­der where God is lead­ing you? Psalm 139:16 ac­knowl­edges God’s sov­er­eign hand in our lives: “Your eyes saw my un­formed body; all the days or­dained for me were writ­ten in your book be­fore one of them came to be.” We don’t know how God will use the cir­cum­stances of our life, but we can rest in the knowl­edge that God knows ev­ery­thing about us and is di­rect­ing our foot­steps. Though His sov­er­eign hand may seem hid­den, He’s never ab­sent.

IN­SIGHT

David wrote Psalm 139 to wor­ship God, but he also gave us a primer in the­ol­ogy proper— the study of the per­son of God. He does this by fo­cus­ing on three of God’s char­ac­ter qual­i­ties, what the­olo­gians call “at­tributes.” In verse 1, David points out God’s om­ni­science—that He is all-know­ing: “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.” He then moves to God’s om­nipres­ence—that God is ev­ery­where present at once: “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your pres­ence?” (v. 7). Then the psalmist moves to God’s om­nipo­tence—that there is no limit to His power— which is ev­i­denced in how He forms us: “For you cre­ated my in­most be­ing; you knit me to­gether in my mother’s womb” (v. 13).

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