blessings · Devotional Thoughts · thankfulness · trials

Wonderful and Excellent is He!

Is. 28:29 This also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.

I really loved this verse this morning. The verses before it are about the prediction of the Assyrian takeover of Ephraim. Ephraim’s fate is a warning to Judah. To wrap up this chapter, Isaiah says that all of this is from the the LORD. He is wonderful in counsel and excellent in working.

Is is just me, or does it seem like a strange time to praise God? Isaiah’s “forecast” for the tribe of Ephraim is not a pleasant one. He begins chapter 28 with “Woe to the crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!” It surprised me to read the final verse, which clearly gives praise and glory to our Heavenly Father.

Why does that surprise me? Probably because I’m the last person in the world to give thanks and praise to the Father while going through a trial. Probably because a lot of my prayers sound whiny to the Lord, or panicky. Probably because I want only fun and happy things in my life. But, I know from experience, or rather, experiences, {plural} that it is through trial and heartache that I see the Father’s power the most. It is in the storms of life  where I become the closest to Him. I receive miracle-type blessings from Him everyday, but especially in the lean times.

You know, that’s something to praise Him for! Yes, I can say with Isaiah, “This [blessing or trial] also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.
I give thanks and praise to my Father, for wonderful and excellent is He!

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