Sunday, September 24, 2023

Houghton: the best

Sunday, September 24, 2023
Who has understood the mind of the LORD,
    or instructed him as his counselor?
Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him,
    and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge
    or showed him the path of understanding?
    —Isaiah 40:13-14 (NIV)
    I shrink from the suggestion that our Father has done anything which needs to be explained. What he has done is the best, because he has done it, and I pray that as a family we may not cast about for explanations of the mystery, but exult in the Holy Spirit and say, “I thank Thee, Father ... Even so, Father.” It suggests a lack of confidence in Him if we find it necessary to try to understand all He does.
    ... Frank Houghton (1894-1972), from a letter quoted in Rose from Brier [1933], Amy Carmichael, London: SPCK, 1950, p. 114 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 40:13-14; Gen. 50:20; Isa. 55:8-9; Job 40:2; Ps. 46:1-2; 66:20; Rom. 8:28,35-39; 11:33-34; 2 Cor. 4:15-17; 5:1-3; Phil. 1:21; Heb. 12:11; Jas. 1:2-4; Rev. 3:19
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me the faith to stop trying to rationalize Your acts.
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