Inspirational Christian Devotions # 9
God's Mysterious Dealings
If God were dealing with us as sinners, that is, if He were dealing with us because of certain personal sins and personal faults, we could quite clearly understand that; but when He is dealing with us in relation to Divine purpose, as His servants, His dealings with us go far beyond our understanding. We are taken out into a realm where we do not understand what the Lord is doing with us, and why the Lord takes certain courses with us. We are out of our depth; we are altogether baffled; and we are compelled - that is, if we are going on with God - to believe that God knows what He is doing: we have just to move with Him according to whatever light we may have, and believe that these dealings with us, so far beyond our understanding are somehow related to that purpose with which we are called, and that the explanation waits some distance ahead, and we will find it when we get there. God does not explain Himself when He takes a step with us.
People of the Divine Purpose
How often the Lord has had to say regarding His purpose, "I meant it to be with this people in this place, and I made a beginning which was in much life, but I am being limited by them, they want an easier way. I cannot go beyond the measure they give Me, so I must move on and carry it further with others and elsewhere." The Book of the Revelation is the summation and the consummation of these Divine reactions and it sees victory and realization at last, with every faithful remnant present..
This means that, although at many times and with many means it looks as though God was defeated and frustrated by the imposed limitations of those concerned, He has never abandoned His purpose, but is going on ...
Somehow, somewhere, sometime, a truly committed people will know that God reserved the purpose unto them and that it was in His hands despite all the appearances to the contrary.