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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
THE SCARLET THREAD
I don't know about you, but some days it's just hard to SEE God's plan in the things that happen in our lives and the lives of those we love and care about. But, we KNOW that His word is true. We KNOW that He is totally good even in the midst of everything bad.
He gently leads those that are nursing.
12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
or marked off the heavens with the span [of his hand]?
Who has gathered the dust of the earth in a measure
or weighed the mountains in a balance
and the hills in scales?
13 Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD,
or who gave Him His counsel?
14 Who did He consult with?
Who gave Him understanding
and taught Him the paths of justice?
Who taught Him knowledge
and showed Him the way of understanding?
15 Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
they are considered as a speck of dust on the scales;
He lifts up the islands like fine dust.
16 Lebanon is not enough for fuel,
or its animals enough for a burnt offering.
17 All the nations are as nothing before Him;
they are considered by Him
as nothingness and emptiness.
18 Who will you compare God with?
What likeness will you compare Him to?
19 To an idol?—[something that] a smelter casts,
and a metalworker plates with gold
and makes silver welds [for it]?
20 To one who shapes a pedestal,
choosing wood that does not rot?
He looks for a skilled craftsman
to set up an idol that will not fall over.
21 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
Has it not been declared to you
from the beginning?
Have you not considered
the foundations of the earth?
22 God is enthroned above the circle of the earth;
its inhabitants are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like thin cloth
and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
23 He reduces princes to nothing
and makes the judges of the earth to be irrational.
24 They are barely planted, barely sown,
their stem hardly takes root in the ground
when He blows on them and they wither,
and a whirlwind carries them away like stubble.
25 "Who will you compare Me to,
or who is My equal?" asks the Holy One.
26 Look up and see:
who created these?
He brings out the starry host by number;
He calls all of them by name.
Because of His great power and strength,
not one of them is missing.
27 Jacob, why do you say,
there is no limit to His understanding.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and strengthens the powerless.