Thursday, July 4, 2013

. . .these are the mere edges of His ways

He stretches out the north over empty space;
He hangs the earth on nothing.
 He binds up the water in His thick clouds,
Yet the clouds are not broken under it.
 He covers the face of His throne,
And spreads His cloud over it.
 He drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters,
At the boundary of light and darkness.
 The pillars of heaven tremble,
And are astonished at His rebuke.
 He stirs up the sea with His power,
And by His understanding He breaks up the storm.
 By His Spirit He adorned the heavens;
His hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
 Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways,
And how small a whisper we hear of Him!
But the thunder of His power who can understand?”
Job 26:7-14

the mere edges.
Just scratching the surface.
The tip of the iceberg.
A shadow of things to come.

That's what Job means.  
The mere edges of His ways means we're just scratching the surface of the knowledge of God.

But even the mere edges are enough to inspire faith.

  • they are sufficient to give hope.
  • they are capable of offering comfort.
  • they are suitable to provide guidance.
  • they are able to gift peace.
  • they are expert at disciple-making.
  • they are seasoned counselors in trials.
  • they are reliable in campaigns against the enemy. 
  • they are indispensable for training in righteousness.
  • they are equal to every challenge of life.
  • they are infallible.
  • they are eternal.
  • they are His choice of self-revelation.
  • they should lead us to thirst for more of God. 

I've been reading Amy Carmichael's devotional, The Edges of His Ways.
Her writing urges me to be in awe of God and to renew my dependence upon Him for everything in my life.  

Whatever you might be struggling with, God is able and willing to help.
Will it all turn out as you wish?
Sometimes yes, but more often God is working something out that eludes us.
We can't see all of His plan, but we can rely on the mere edges of His ways.

When you're in the middle and you don't know the end you have have to hang on to what you do know.

  • He loves you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3
  • He demonstrated that love in sending His Son to purchase pardon for your sins.  Romans 5:8
  • He works it all out for good.  Romans 8:28
  • You have been given everything you need for life and godliness--- through the knowledge of Him.  2 Peter 1:3
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13

Even the mere edges are enough for us.

He's bigger than you think
more loving than you know
kind above all measure
to anger He is slow

His mercies never fail
His faithfulness is great
yet in the dark unknowing
we best can learn to wait

So hold on to the edges
of all you've learned is true
pushing back the fear the doubt
In His time He'll rescue you
Poem © 2013 Kelly Grace

I'm curious about the edges you've discovered.  
What has God shown you that inspires you in your journey of faith?
How has it been enough for the challenges of life that have come your way?


  1. When I hold onto the edges and reach for more, He is always there. I am His child and He WANTS me to hold onto HIm - as much as I am willing and/or able. His response to me turning to Him is what holds and sustains me and encourages me for another day. He reveals His will and helps me make decisions.

    Thank you for sharing and the poem is excellent! xoxo

    1. I think God wants us to be able to trust Him while He works in us and around us. The more I cling to Him in child-like trust the more I feel His sure grip on me. I know you experience this too. You're in my prayers and I hope I'm in yours as well. Call me.