“’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’” Isaiah 55:8-9
There are some really difficult situations and topics we deal with in this life. We sometimes find ourselves glossing over the truth because it is just too difficult. Rather than addressing the issue based on what God’s Word says about it, we say “Well, who can know the mind of God and what He really means?” And I completely agree; who can know the mind of God? His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. They are well beyond my full ability to comprehend.
But neither was God’s Word written for us to read and continually seek out others opinions without deciding for ourselves what we believe. We are to read it and He will help us understand it when we seek Him and His knowledge, wisdom and understanding. He has given us His Word for a reason; to know Him and His ways better.
“’I have spoken openly to the world,’ Jesus replied. ‘I always taught in the synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.’” John 18:20-21
He has a best plan, path and direction for our lives. We often mess it up and while some of what we mess up is still good and not bad, it may not be the BEST He has for us. We can often decide what the best is for our children and others in our lives, but we just as often don’t think that same best is true for us. We want what we want, think what we think and do what we decide is okay. Who does it really hurt? What does it really matter?
We’ve all seen family and friends head a direction we know will get them in trouble. We wonder why they can’t see it as well. As you try with all your might to direct them a different way, they dismiss you, thinking your way is just one way and their way is just as valid. They think we don’t truly understand and so our advice is not relevant. I think this is how God sees us many times. He sees where our way is taking us and He does everything He can to tell us and show us the truth of where we are heading. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, He tries to get us to see the goodness of His direction and the danger ahead while still allowing us the freedom of free will.
While we do have free will and God can redeem and restore, heal the brokenness of the most broken, and bring good from the worst of the worst; our choice can be to look to Him for His guidance and direction and choose to follow His ways, not our own.
Something to Consider…
Is there a section of Scripture or topic you struggle with believing is true? Something you’re not sure you agree with as written?
As you read God’s Word and come across Scripture that you have a difficult time agreeing with or understanding to be true, ask Him to show you how His Word is His best for you.