"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: July 24

“Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding” ~ Isaiah 40:28

Perhaps this depthless “purple stone” verse can be grasped only through suffering. Days may pass, and then suddenly, out of the shadow springs a light so clear and a meaning so simple and vast we wonder at our having waited so long to see it. Suddenly we ask ourselves, “Hast thou not known? Hast not thou not heard, that the everlasting God … fainteth not, neither is weary?”

In our weariness we have forgotten as though we never knew, that God never sleeps! Never grows weary. His care is never diminished by constant watching. Minute by minute, He has been aware and is still aware of our suffering. Of our weariness, our faintheartedness. Even when we sleep, we can rest our troubled depths in His hands. We can trust our shadow-darkened subconscious minds to His re-creative care. Our subconscious minds never sleep and neither does He. If we truly come unto Him, He will give us rest. He is the “everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth,” and of us. And wonder of wonders to our aching hearts is the fact of His endless understanding. When our hearts cry, it is understanding we want above all else. Human understanding is sweet. But there are times of shadowy confusion in all our lives when we can’t express ourselves even to our dearest friends on earth, because we don’t understand why our own hearts are aching. We only know about the longing to be understood. If the pain is intense, we need understanding more than we need to understand. And in this, over the pain, we can say with great relief, to God ---

“Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off … thou … art acquainted with all my ways.”

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