do you understand?

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.” (Isaiah 40:28, NLT)

You have a need. I have a need. We all have a need. We need to be understood. The things that make us tick, as well as the things that tick us off. Triumphs. Tragedies. The things that reach deep down into your inner world that you might not even fully understand. All of it.

God understands you inside and out. We see that in today’s verse. There is an interesting dichotomy to see here that centers on understanding. Isaiah tells us that we cannot understand the depth of God’s understanding, but only after you understand that. Curious, huh? Mysterious? Yes.

Inherent in this is the work of faith. Can you understand the truth that you don’t understand? Do you believe that God understands the things about you that you don’t even understand? That kind of internal wrestling can be exhausting, so best leave it to God. The really good news is that even when your mind is boggled trying to understand the things you can’t understand, understanding that you can never understand the things that God understands — let alone God’s ability to understand the things you’ll never understand — God will never tire. Whew! Crazy, huh? So what is one to do?

Understand that you can’t understand everything that God understands, which includes the deepest recesses of your heart. God understands them, and seeks to redeem you anyway. Trying to understand the near un-understandable is exhausting for you and me, but not God. His love for you and eternal power enables Him to probe the unfathomable depths in hopes of giving you an understandable glimpse of the lengths He will go to save you. Do you understand?

Prayer: Dear Lord, life can be so hard to understand, and I admit I struggle to even understand the depth of my lack of understanding. I place my faith in you and trust in you to help me plumb the depths of your understanding, even when I might not understand it. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.