“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” (Psalm 138:8)
Some cross-stitchers craft the back of their artwork as neatly as the front.
(I am not one of those.)
I once cross-stitched a Christmas stocking for my oldest. After viewing the backside, I quickly covered it by sewing the inside stocking sleeve.
Sometimes we view our lives like the backside of a haphazard cross-stitch pattern, just a jumbled mass of ugly threads.
But God doesn’t. His ways aren’t our ways; His methods are different. Tozer says, “God is not like anything you know.” Even God Himself hasn’t revealed all of who He is through Scripture. In fact, John 21:25 says, “ And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”
Your marriage may be in shambles right now. Maybe your child has strayed from the truth. Perhaps you’re facing bankruptcy.
I don’t know the answer, but God does, and He knows it’s a perfect one. But we must trust Him. Praise Him wholeheartedly. Abide in Him.
Do you know why David mentioned God’s mercy after saying God would perfect his situation? Because he was thinking the same thing you and I are right now. “I’ve failed. I’m not perfect. I took a side road.”
“But God, who is faithful in mercy, will perfect that which concerns you.”
He waits for us to acknowledge Him in praise. He turns our threads to beauty in His eyes. And His “perfect” is not the same as ours.
Run to the Savior; confess.. He is faithful and merciful. He will not forsake the work of His hands – that’s you!
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