February 12

“Your heavenly Father knoweth.” Matthew 6:32

A visitor at a school for the hearing impaired was writing questions on the blackboard for the children. By and by he wrote this sentence: “Why has God made me to hear and speak, and made you deaf and mute?”

The awful sentence fell upon the little ones like a fierce blow in the face. They sat palsied before that dreadful “Why?” And then a little girl arose. Her lip was trembling. Her eyes were swimming with tears. Straight to the board she walked, and, picking up the crayon, wrote with firm hand these precious words: “Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight!” What a reply! It reaches up and lays hold of an eternal truth upon which the maturest believer as well as the youngest child of God may alike securely rest—the truth that God is your Father.

Do you mean that? Do you really and fully believe that? When you do, then your dove of faith will no longer wander in weary unrest, but will settle down forever in its eternal resting place of peace. “Your Father!”

I can still believe that a day comes for all of us, however far off it may be, when we shall understand; when these tragedies, that now blacken and darken the very air of heaven for us, will sink into their places in a scheme so august, so magnificent, so joyful, that we shall laugh for wonder and delight. (Streams in the Desert)

In his little book Sit, Walk, Stand, Watchman Nee writes: “Christianity begins not with a big ‘Do,’ but with a big ‘Done.’ Because Jesus died on the cross my sins are forgiven; because he is exalted to the throne I am endued with power from on high.”

All we do in life proceeds from our position in Christ; each day is practical application of our heavenly position here on earth. As children of our Heavenly Father, we are expected to bear the stamp of that heavenliness in every human relationship and in all our earthly behavior. This is exactly what allows us to face unanswerable questions with the response of faith. God knows His children and loves us infinitely; therefore, I trust that He allows only what is best for me, even though I may not understand. No Christian can hope to engage victoriously the challenges of this life without learning first to rest in Christ and in what He has done, and then, through the strength of the Holy Spirit within, to follow Him in faith and confidence. As long as I question His inherent goodness and acceptance of me by grace, I stumble angrily from one hardship to the next. The moment I grasp that Jesus really does loves me, I am ready to face any trial He allows to come my way.

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