I am the Eternal One; there is no other God but Me,
and even though you don’t know Me, I am preparing you for victory.
I am doing all this so that people all around the world
may know that I alone am the Eternal, the only God.
I form light and create darkness;
I make what is good, happy, and healthy, and I create woe.
I, the Eternal One, make them one and all.
(Isaiah 45:5-7, VOICE, emphasis added)
That You create light and darkness,
I can understand, especially when I think of the day and the night.
That you make what is good, happy, and healthy, that I can also understand,
for I have experienced Your goodness in my life.
And, as You told us in James 1:17, You are the origin of every good and perfect gift.
But that You create woe, Adonai,
this is harder to grasp.
But this verse confronts me with the truth that You can never be fully understood.
And to love You well requires that I accept that Your ways and thoughts are not only not my thoughts,
Your ways and thoughts are higher than mine.
And I must recognize and accept that Your ways are perfect, even the ways I do not understand.
Moreover, You are just and holy.
Your way is perfect.
Yes, You who are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and rich in faithful love,
You create light and darkness,
make what is good, happy and healthy and create woe.
And I am to trust you with all my heart and lean not on my understanding.
Doing so helps me to love You well.
This post was written for day 3 of the 31 Days of Loving Well series. The prompt is, “Create.” To read other posts in the series, please click here or the image below.