Devotional

No Figuring Out

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.” (Psalm 77:19)

What God can do is not always what He will do. What He has done for one is not necessarily what He will do for another. Don’t try and figure God out. What He does and why He does it is often unfathomable to us. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33) “… Thy judgments are a great deep” (Psalm 36:6)

God is God. He invites us to ask of Him whatsoever we desire, but according to His will and wisdom He answers us. David boldly asked for the life of his child. When the child died, David worshipped the Lord. “Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped …” (2 Samuel 12:20)

The true worshipper of God is often perplexed, but never in despair. (2 Cor. 4:8) He believes the Lord is good and faithful and at work even when heaven appears silent. In the end, there will be no disappointment for those who trust in the Lord. “In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed …” (Psalm 31:1) .

Worship now. Understand later.

“Trials dark on every hand,
And we cannot understand
All the ways of God would lead us
To that blessed promised land;
But he guides us with his eye,
And we’ll follow till we die,
For we’ll understand it better by and by.”


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.