Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. (Isaiah 40:27-28)
The mistake a lot of us make about the sovereignty of God is so deadly to our stand before Him. We do things with a dangerously wrong motive—we tend to circumstances and try to handle situations as if we are all alone, independent, out of God’s sight and control.
God is sovereign. He cannot be compared to anyone. (Isaiah 40:25) He created all the heavens and all that they entail; He created the earth and all that it entails. (vs. 26) Apart from creation, He sustains all; He knows every creature by name.
He is the wisest and knows the right things to do at the best of times; His plans are unique and great. Remember, a part of His plan is to permit Satan to test Job with infirmities (Job 1) asa well as to make Solomon the next king of Israel, even if Adonijah was trying to hijack the throne (1 Kings 1).
Now, often, some people think to themselves saying, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God” (Isaiah 40:27). This kind of thought can come from the heart of two different kinds of person for two different reasons:
- THE WICKED: A wicked person who derives pleasure in doing bad and evil things to people around him; Oppressing the poor (Proverbs 14:31) or committing random sins without soberness is the first kind of person that might start thinking this way. He’ll start thinking that all his evil deeds are hidden from the sight of God, forgetting the words of God through the wise king Solomon: “…the wicked will not go unpunished” (Proverbs 11:21)
- THE VICTIM: If a person is a victim of wickedness and unwell-happenings, He may start thinking this way: that God’s eyes is no longer looking at him as assured in Psalm 1:6, that his ways and his troubles and his pains and his failures and his hardship are hidden from God’s sight, forgetting the words of God through the prophet Isaiah: “The arm of the Lord is not too short to save; nor his ear too dull to hear.” (Isaiah 59:1)
But the fact is this: none of these cases should make us think that God’s face is far from us or that our ways are hidden from Him. For the Bible confirms it; God’s face is watching us always either in our wicked deeds or in our unfair calamities.
Whether we are in bad situations or whether we are the cause of people’s unpalatable situations, God sees us and His unbeatable wisdom remains in Him, with which He is always making the right judgment and reward for each of us as we deserve.
TO THE AFFLICTED
He loves us still, even in our situations: His plans for us are good, for our betterment and for his glory (Jeremiah 29:11). He makes all things beautiful in His time, so we don’t have to worry or fret but always joyous and grateful. If this sound too hard to do, seek God’s grace, with Him all things are possible. (2 Corinthians 12:9; Matthew 19:26)
Do not think that God’s eyes are far from you, never, they are not. God is currently doing new things to better your situation and very soon these new things will spring forth for the whole world to see (Isaiah 43:19). Remember, we do not please God by our perfect good works but He pleases Himself with our unfaltering faith in Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
All our situations are for the glory of God, and he never for once forgets us. Take the case of the man born blind, recorded in John 9:1-12, as a case study; Jesus confirmed that the man’s state is apparent so that “the works of God might be displayed in him.” (vs. 3) Although, before then, the man might have been thinking that God had forsaken him or God’s eyes no longer see his trouble.
Let us cultivate a habit of faith, no, let us pray that God would not cease to bless us with His gift of faith (1 Corinthians 12:9; Philippians 2:13).
TO THE WICKED
God loves us so much but He hates the wicked works we do, He hates the bad thought we have concerning our neighbours. All these I-don’t-care attitudes of ours sadden Him; like the things our children do against our commands sadden us, as parents; and like the things our best friends do to hurt us sadden us, as human generally (Proverbs 6:16-19).
The Almighty God wants us to live in peace and harmony with each other: To love our neigbours (Leviticus 19:18) and to love even our enemies (Matthew 5:44).
Now if after all these, anyone thinks his doings are hidden from God’s sight, let him remember this today: The Lord we serve [whether you believe him with us or not] is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow weary or tired—His eyes will not grow weary or tired to see your wicked deeds, His ears will not grow weary or tired to hear your wicked thoughts—and his understanding no one can ever fathom (See Isaiah 40:28). He is sovereign.