“And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it; And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done ALL things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.” (Mark 7:36-37)
Toward the end of Mark 7, Jesus was headed toward the Sea of Galilee into the region of Decapolis. While He was there, He healed a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment. Verse 37 is the peoples’ response to what He had done. But it’s important to note that it probably wasn’t this one miracle which drew this overwhelming response. They had seen Him cast out demons, open the eyes of the blind, cause the lame to walk, raise the dead, among several other miracles. All of these things by the power of His Word. He administered deliverance with such consistency. No one else could do what He did the way He did it.
Just a few brief thoughts before I get back to the books. (Excuse [in advance] my overuse of the words well, good and excellent. Just my feeble attempt at an accurate reflection of my subject). The Word says that God does ALL things well. Creation says the same. He IS good and He DOES good (Psalm 119:68). It is ALWAYS true…it never depends. Excellence is fully reflective of God’s nature…perfect and pure are all His ways. There is no other way in Him.
The evidence of God’s goodness toward others doesn’t diminish His goodness toward you. When His plans are in motion, it’s all good. We are His image bearers on earth. For this reason, disappointment and unfulfillment are not and will never be the believer’s lot in life. Our primary purpose is to reflect His glory. Accordingly, the outcome has no choice but to be good.
This week, I found myself frustrated by this truth…but equally convinced of and encouraged by it. God’s moves don’t have to be understood to be good. Lord, thank You for helping me to distinguish “good” the feeling from “good” the truth while in the middle of this thing…for it’s not always felt, but it’s always true. Thank You for Your consistency and Your faithfulness. I trust You and believe wholeheartedly that my life will continually verify the truth that You do ALL things well.