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I am not skilled to understand

November 12, 2012

Finding myself at a point where I cannot fully comprehend or explain why God does what He does is not a new state of being for me. And the longer I experience life here, the more familiar I become with that condition. I’m glad for that, actually. Because, though there is much I don’t know, there is one thing I do know – to the core of my being: Jesus, God Incarnate, is (because of His immeasurable mercy) my Savior. And that overshadows all the things I don’t understand.

I want to share something that underscored that comforting truth for me. I invite you to savor the words of these timeless lyrics:

I am not skilled to understand

What God has willed, what God has planned

I only know at His right hand

Stands one who is my Savior

I take Him at His word and deed

Christ died to save me; this I read

And in my heart I find a need

Of Him to be my savior

That He would leave His place on high

And come for sinful man to die

You count it strange, so once did I

Before I knew my Savior

My Savior loves, my Savior lives, My Savior’s always there for me

My God He was, my God He is, My God He’s always gonna be (Aaron Shust)

Yes, living, dying, let me bring

My strength, my solace from this spring

That He who lives to be my King

Once died to be my Savior

That He would leave His place on high

And come for sinful man to die

You count it strange, so once did I

Before I knew my Savior  Dora Greenwell (1873)

My Savior loves, my Savior lives, My Savior’s always there for me

My God He was, my God He is, My God He’s always gonna be (Aaron Shust)

When we sang this yesterday strong peace poured into my heart, not because I understand every reality but because I KNOW my Savior and He is more real than anything else. He is more precious than anything in this temporary world. “You think it strange, so once did I – before I knew my Savior.”

Then as I was preparing this blog, I found that there is another verse:

And oh, that He fulfilled may see

The travail of His soul in me,

And with His work contented be,

As I with my dear Savior! Dora Greenwell (1873)

Now, those are deep words! That His travail (His exertion, His labor of love, His suffering) would continue to be displayed in me?!? And that the enduring faith of His people would bring Him pleasure?!? Amazing thought that, as just as we are contented in what He has done for us, He would be contented with how His continued work is displayed in us. WOW!

I am not skilled to understand.

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