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The Wonder Of It All


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Psalms 40:5 “Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which Thou has done and Thy thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with Thee; If I would declare and speak of them, they would be too numerous to count.” 
What causes you to Wonder?  What causes you to pause and say, “Wow”?  Is it the sight of lightening, or a dragonfly on the water?  Maybe it is the laughter of a child at a simple joy.  What in God’s creation causes you to Wonder?
The word “Wonder” in this first passage means, to be miraculous, to be astonishing, to cause a wonderful thing to happen, to be hard or difficult. Surprisingly, it is the same word used in Genesis 18:14, as “difficult”.  “Is there anything too difficult for God?” The Word in both verses is, “Pala” (The New Young’s Complete Dictionary of Bible Words). There is nothing like an ancient language to try and confuse me.  It seems to me that Wonder and Difficult should not go together as a definition; but maybe they do.  Here is a story that helps me bring the two together.
On a trip to Israel I met a man named Moshe, a Russian Jew who had returned to Israel.  A very gentle and kind man who was confident enough in his Jewish faith to have open dialog with our group of Christians.  We agreed that it was okay to disagree.
One question we asked Moshe was, “Why do you throw away so many palms or pomegranates, looking for a perfect one to take to a celebration?  You seem to live by such a difficult law, instead of grace as we do. It also seems so wasteful.”
I will remember Moshe’s answer for as long as I live.  He said, “Is there anything too difficult for the One I love?  Is there anything too wonderful or too perfect for my beloved?”  His love for God was worded in ways I had not heard before. 
His words and love for God caused me to look at myself and ask, “Do I give God my best?”  Moshe’s words did give me pause to look at my own life.  Yes, we live by grace, we are also a living sacrifice to God, but am I giving Him my very best?  He gave me His very best for me.  He gave the perfect gift, Christ, who gave His all for me.  Maybe I could try to be a better gift to the One I love.
God’s thoughts and wonders toward us are too numerous to count. But, it is good for me to pause and be taken back by His wonders more often than I am.  Life is too hurried.  God gave to us Christ, the perfect, most wonderful gift.  A gift that is miraculous, and too difficult for me to have on my own; too wonderful for me to even imagine.
But what gives me the greatest cause for wonder is, He chose His Sacrifice on the Cross, because He thought I was worth it! He thinks you are worth it too.
So, What causes you to Wonder? 

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Posted by Diane W. Bailey on August 13, 2011

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