The LORD is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds. The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call out to Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them. The LORD preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy. My mouth will declare the praise of the LORD; let every creature bless His holy name forever and ever.
This is one of my favorite Bible passages that I have found myself drawn to time and time again, like a moth to flame. Except this flame does not kill me when I get close. It does the opposite. It brings new life to my soul. It is the bread that my spirit needs to live on and flourish, for as Jesus said, “Man should not live on bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”(Mat. 4:4).
Though I might not understand all of God’s ways, this passage tells me that they are always righteous, always kind. And when you sincerely call out to Him, He is near to you. For He draws near to those who draw near to Him (James 4:8).
Psalm 46:1 says that God is an ever-present or “well-proved” help in times of trouble. This implies that God has a long and unwavering history of helping those who genuinely cry out to Him, who rightly fear Him, who know His name, and who hold tightly to Him in love (Acts 10:35, Ps.91:14).
Now, I believe in the miracle working God of the Bible. I believe that He is still performing miracles today, He is still healing today, He is still saving and transforming lives today. How can I be so sure? Well, for one, I have experienced and seen a few miracles with my own eyes. But what is more true and reliable than even our own experience is the Word of God. This is why I am so sure. One of God’s primary motivations to heal through the ministry of Jesus was compassion (Mat. 9:36, Mat.14:14, Mark 6:34, Mark 8:2). And because this motivation is rooted in the eternal, unchanging character of God, then we can be sure that God still has compassion on His people today to save, heal, and deliver.
This does not mean I still don’t have questions. I still don’t know why He chooses to heal some and not others. But because I know His ways are righteous, I can be sure that His decisions are right and pure and just. And because all of His deeds are kind, I can be sure that even in the death of a loved one (though the death was certainly not caused by God, He can all the same turn it into a kindness). Perhaps this kindness looks like ending the suffering your loved one was in. Or perhaps it looks like turning it all for His glory, advancing His kingdom. I don’t know why He hasn’t healed me immediately, except that I know my suffering has been good for me, it has refined me, and it has brought me closer to Him, and to His Word.
It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.Psalm 119:71
Like I said, I don’t fully understand His ways, but through Scripture, I do understand His character. His goodness and faithfulness and wisdom. He may not always change our circumstances or immediately end our suffering, but “as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too” (2 Cor. 1:5).
If I say, “My foot is slipping,” Your loving devotion, O LORD, supports me. When anxiety overwhelms me, Your consolation delights my soul.Psalm 94:19