Years ago, in 2008, God put Gary and I on a very difficult life path. I say that God put us on that path because Gary and I fully know and trust that God does direct our steps when we are living in obedience to Him.
The situation was very hard for us. We were still in the phase of hurt and grief some weeks later when we went out of town for a few days. There in our hotel room, as Gary was studying for his upcoming Sunday School class, I opened my Bible and found myself looking at Isaiah 40.
I began reading. Soon I was pulled into what Isaiah was sharing about almighty God, the God that I know and love. I continued into chapter 41, feeling God’s Word wash over my wounded and tired heart.
Did God give answers to our situation in these verses?
But what God did do was to draw my eyes to Him…to Who He is…and off what was clamoring for my focus all around me.
It was very easy during those days…and still is, honestly…to look at the clutter of hurtful events and let that be where my eyes stayed.
But Isaiah’s words pulled my eyes away from that clutter and shifted me instead to God Himself.
I am so burdened right now about the horrible things happening right now in Ukraine. We all are.
Why, God, are you allowing this to happen?
Where are You?!
I have been reading and pondering again through these Isaiah chapters. I have no answers for the situation that God is somehow allowing in Ukraine.
But I do know that God is the One Who measured out earth’s waters in the hollow of His hand. He spread out and adjusted the heavens with His fingers, weighed out the mountains, sits above the circle of the earth, and sees earth’s inhabitants as grasshoppers.
God created the stars, leads them forth by number, calls them all by name, and because of His might and power not one of them is missing.
“So why, Jacob,” God asks, “do you say your way is hidden from God and the justice you are due escapes My notice?”
This God of Jacob is our God today! He is one and the same, never changing in His love for each of us.
But I believe that many of us want to ask Him the same about Ukraine.
God, do You care? Is the horror in Ukraine hidden from You? Where is the justice?
Alec Motyer says: “…our inability to discern does not mean that no discernment is at work; our inability to see point or purpose does not mean there is no point or purpose. The more we exalt the greatness of our God, the more we learn to appreciate our smallness, weakness, incapacity. We need to learn not to fret and fume; we need to accept our limitations of knowledge, wisdom, and foresight. Or, as Isaiah tells us, we need to practice waiting for the Lord. Waiting is looking.”
And as we wait on the Lord…as we look to almighty God…we pray for all those who are suffering so much right now.
“Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
The creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
And to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
And young men shall fall exhausted;
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles;
They shall run and not be weary;
They shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31)
All I know to do is to push away the clutter of my own thoughts…keep my eyes focused on almighty God…and pray for the precious people of Ukraine to be able to do the same.