Better is the end of a thing than its beginning,
and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Be not quick in your spirit to become angry,
for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.
Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?”
For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.
Wisdom is good with an inheritance,
an advantage to those who see the sun.
For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money,
and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.
Consider the work of God:
who can make straight what he has made crooked?
In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.
In my vain life I have seen everything. There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evildoing.
— Ecclesiastes 7:8-15
Seek the Lord, seek joy in the Lord, and instead of asking all the questions of “why?” let’s act in wisdom in this day of adversity and do just as the scripture recommends: Let us consider the fact that God has made us all, we are all his children, regardless of circumstances, and when tragedy strikes it’s not for us to question the Lord and his actions, “Why did you allow this to happen? Why haven’t you fixed him yet?” but rather for us to recognize that we do not know the mind of God. This unknowing is for our benefit so that we may not find out what will come next. We cannot scientifically observe God’s actions or evaluate him to give a prognosis on Him or a thesis on when, where or to whom he will make things ‘normal.’ Could you imagine knowing those answers?
Habakkuk 1:5 says to “Look among the nations and be amazed, for I’m doing something in your own day that you wouldn’t believe if told.” We are not meant to question God’s actions or to try to predict the future. We are to look around us and wonder in the miraculous moments in our every day life. To try and figure out why God moves the way he does puts us in a mode of tunnel vision where we ask of God a specific request but then the miracles which fall short of our specific requests get overlooked.
Jesus said he will return like a thief in the night, no one will know the day or the hour which he returns. God moves in mysterious ways to keep us in this state of unknowing so that we might fully trust in Him.
God cannot be understood, but we must trust in him, we must trust in his word, and we must trust in his love that he showed us by sending his son to die on the cross for us. One action of the Lord cannot be interpreted as a guarantee of his movement again in the same manner under similar circumstances. But we are told to live in expectation of the miraculous. We are told to pray with a heart of expectation, and we are told to love as he loved.
There is not much of an update on Phil’s condition from last night’s post to today’s. We know that Phil is a warrior (in all forms of the word), and so let’s pray for a progressive day today and rejoice in the miraculous that is right before our eyes.